PHOENIX -- After moving through a rigorous workout on Saturday without any problems, D-backs injured shortstop Stephen Drew was back on the field on Monday making even further progress.
"It was encouraging," Drew said. "There's still a ways to go. I have to be able to do it day after day, but it was encouraging."
Drew dove for a ball in the hole while taking grounders, something he hadn't done since breaking his ankle last July.
"I planted on the ankle and twisted on it," he said. "It feels pretty good right now."
Drew also ran the bases at full speed for the first time. The plan for him the rest of the week is to play three times in extended spring training games at Salt River Fields.
"He's really getting after it, I think he's starting to get really hungry to get back," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's starting to feel more confidence within himself. I'm encouraged at the pace and the rate he is bouncing back. He is looking stronger. That's kind of what we've been waiting for. He's picked up the pace a lot."
Gibson feels Miley is best option for spot start
PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson took his time weighing his options in naming a starter against the Phillies on Monday.
He waited until after the club's game Sunday vs. the Braves to see how his bullpen was used before tabbing Wade Miley for the spot start.
Gibson could've brought up a prospect to fill in for Daniel Hudson, who went on the disabled list on Saturday with a right shoulder impingement, but instead opted for a more battle-tested arm.
Miley began the season in the bullpen as the D-backs' long relief option, but in seven starts last year, he was 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA.
In 8 2/3 innings of relief this season, Miley has allowed three earned runs on seven hits.
"He's been in the Major Leagues and he's as equipped as anybody," Gibson said. "I just felt he'd thrown the ball good and he's done a good job. He should have some length for us, five or six innings would be great. If it doesn't happen, we'll adjust."
Gibson said D-backs reliever Jonathan Albaladejo, whom the club promoted from Triple-A Reno on Saturday with Hudson's trip to the DL, would likely come out of the bullpen if Miley struggles.
The D-backs will wait until after Monday to determine whether Miley will stick in the rotation while Hudson is sidelined or look to the Minor Leagues for another replacement.
"As it's going right now, it's a day-to-day thing," Gibson said. "We'll see how he throws tonight and we'll make a decision from there."
Ransom plays on with kidney stone
PHOENIX -- D-backs third baseman Cody Ransom was in the lineup on Sunday and Monday despite dealing with a kidney stone.
The 36-year-old has been waiting for it to pass since he was called up from Triple-A Reno on Wednesday.
"I'm not worried about it," Ransom said. "If it gets worse, it gets worse. You deal with life, it's part of it. You deal with it and hope it gets better."
Ransom went 2-for-3 on Sunday against the Braves, scoring a run and also getting hit by a pitch.
In the fifth inning, he cut down speedy Michael Bourn at second base after retreating on a deep ground ball for a key fielder's-choice out..
"You just want to keep it in front of you," Ransom said. "It's what I'm here for, to fill in whenever they need and to do whatever they ask. Hopefully, it works out."
Ransom deals with the pain during the game by taking his mind off it and focusing on his job at hand.
"Adrenaline is a good thing, it really is," he said. "Haven't had much pain. It comes and goes. Hopefully, it goes more than it comes."