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PIT@ARI: Drew looks strong in pregame workout

The Braves will take on the Diamondbacks on Wednesday in the second game of the teams' three-game set, with Atlanta looking to clinch the series after winning Tuesday's opener. Arizona hopes the return of shortstop Stephen Drew can help the team get back to its own winning ways.

Drew will finally come back to the D-backs' lineup on Wednesday for the first time in almost a full year. He broke his ankle while attempting to slide into home on July 20 of last season.

It's been a long road to recovery, but after 11 rehab games, Drew was deemed ready to play in the Majors once again.

"It's not a fun injury to have, but that's what I got dealt with," Drew said on Tuesday. "I feel like I've worked hard at getting back, and tried to get back as soon as possible. It's time to get back out there and play."

Willie Bloomquist has gotten the bulk of the playing at time at short in Drew's absence, and he and John McDonald have filled in admirably. They'll continue to get playing time at other positions and even at short, as Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said he doesn't think Drew will be the full-time starter just yet.

"I just think we can't expect him to go out there and be an everyday player," Gibson said. "At the same time, it'll be important for him after he plays [a few games in a row], he'll be a bat off the bench because we need that."

In his return, Drew will be hitting against right-hander Tommy Hanson, who takes the mound for the Braves. Hanson has won his last three decisions, including his last start on June 20 against the Yankees.

But the long ball has been a problem for Hanson recently, especially against New York. Even though he got the win, the starter allowed four solo shots in his five innings of work. The Braves are hoping he pitches like he did in his three starts prior to that outing, as Hanson allowed two runs or less in each of those outings.

Braves: Beachy returns to clubhouse
Right-hander Brandon Beachy was upbeat on Tuesday in his first appearance in the Braves clubhouse since undergoing Tommy John surgery last Thursday. Most pitchers miss at least a year when they undergo the operation, but manager Fredi Gonzalez said that with Beachy's work habits, he thinks he can return in 10 or 11 months.

• Dan Uggla remained the leading National League vote getter at second base in the All-Star balloting update released on Tuesday. Uggla, who currently leads Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips by about 770,000 votes, would be making his first career All-Star start if he ends up winning the vote.

D-backs: Cahill looks for five in a row
To oppose Hanson, Arizona will send right-hander Trevor Cahill to the mound on Wednesday. The 24-year-old has won his last four starts, though he did give up six runs in six innings in his last outing against the Mariners.

Cahill also started against the Braves on April 20, giving up four runs in his 5 2/3 innings of work.

• Star prospect Trevor Bauer will be called up to make his Major League debut on Thursday in the series finale, Gibson confirmed on Tuesday. Bauer was the third overall pick in the Draft last year, and has a 2.23 ERA this season between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.

• Right-hander Daniel Hudson, Tuesday's starter for Atlanta, left the game in the second inning with tightness in his right forearm. He was scheduled to get an MRI on Wednesday, but it looks like the pitcher could be out for an extended period.

Hudson was on the disabled list for a month earlier this season with a right-shoulder impingement. Left-hander Pat Corbin was scratched from his start on Tuesday for Triple-A Reno, signifying that he could replace Hudson in the rotation.

Worth Noting
• Braves outfielder Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 on Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Heyward has gone 19-for-41 in that span. Comments