Stephen Drew doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Opening Day

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Stephen Drew is currently rehabbing from surgery to repair a fractured right ankle and sports hernia surgery, but we haven’t heard too many updates about his progress. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic wrote last week that the shortstop had turned down multiple requests this offseason for an interview. Well, Drew finally broke his silence today.

The Diamondbacks’ official Twitter account passed along word earlier this afternoon that Drew spoke with the media and said that while he is “optimistic,” he’s not sure he’ll be ready for Opening Day.

This isn’t much different than the information provided by Diamondbacks’ general manager Kevin Towers in a web chat with fans last week. Drew is currently swinging the bat and participating in baseball-specific drills, but it’s tough to nail down a specific timeline until he tests the ankle in game action.

Drew, who turns 29 in March, batted .252/.317/.396 with five home runs, 45 RBI and a .713 OPS over 86 games last season before fracturing his ankle on July 20. His contract includes a $10 million mutual option for 2013 or a $1.35 million buyout.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.