The second place Arizona Diamondbacks took a major hit last night with the gruesome injury to starting shortstop Stephen Drew. Drew’s fractured right ankle will require surgery and he is not expected back this season.
Drew, a catalyst for the upstart Diamondbacks in their impressive surge towards first place, was batting .252 with 5 home runs and 45 RBIs so far this year.
Drew, who has manned the shortstop position for the D'Backs for the past five seasons, is a leader in the clubhouse and a valued member of the offensive lineup. Replacing him will be a difficult task for GM Kevin Towers, who now must look to bolster the team via trade or magical act.
Drew’s backup, utility man Willie Bloomquist, is not a long term solution because of the fact that he is needed to be available to fill in at multiple positions both in the infield and the outfield. So since Bloomquist cannot be the answer, the D'Backs must play the trade market.
Here are five options for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who must act swiftly.