Stephen Drew on return timetable from broken ankle: “It’s a slow process”

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Stephen Drew was never expected to make it back from his broken ankle by Opening Day, but with the season starting next week there’s still no timetable for his return.

Drew, who fractured his ankle and tore multiple ligaments in July, told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that his recovery “is a slow process” and described himself as running at about “80 percent.”

Being a shortstop likely delays Drew’s return because he can’t function well enough to really help the Diamondbacks if his mobility is at all limited. Asked when he might be ready, Drew said: “It’s too hard to say with this kind of injury. I don’t have an idea. You can’t look that far ahead, you can only take it day by day, just see where you’re at.”

In other words, it’s going to be a while.

Cubs acquire Jesse Chavez from Rangers

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The Cubs announced on Thursday evening that the club acquired pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Rangers in exchange for minor league pitcher Tyler Thomas.

Chavez, 34, has pitched out of the bullpen for the Rangers this season, compiling a 3.51 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 12 walks across 56 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander inked a one-year, $1 million deal with the Rangers in February, so the Cubs are on the hook for the prorated remainder — a little less than $600,000.

Thomas, 22, was selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2017 draft. The lefty has made 14 starts and one relief appearance for Single-A South Bend, putting up a 2.88 ERA with an 81/14 K/BB ratio in 75 innings.