Drew fields baseballs for first time since injury

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew says it was a special day to be back on the field handling ground balls.

Drew took part Monday in the Diamondbacks' first drills of spring training.

Drew broke his right ankle and severely damaged ligaments sliding into home plate seven months ago. He went through grueling rehabilitation and says he took off only three days during the entire process.

Despite his recovery, Drew says it's too early to tell if he will be ready for the team's season opener on April 6.