Diamondbacks Managing Partner Ken Kendrick says that he's disappointed with Stephen Drew and his slow return to the field from injury in an interview today with Brad Cesmat of XTRA Sports 910 (via Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic on Twitter). Kendrick believes that the shortstop is overly focused on protecting his future value rather than his maximizing his current production.
"I think Stephen and his representatives are more focused on where Stephen's going to be a year from now than going out and supporting the team that's paying his salary," Kendrick said, before adding that Drew hasn't been direct when presented with these concerns by the club.
Meanwhile, agent Scott Boras was quick to respond and denied the notion that his client is taking his time in coming back from his ankle injury. Boras told Piecoro that the suggestion flat out doesn't make sense.
"If you're talking about what the best thing Stephen can do for himself, that's to play baseball and play a lot of it," Boras said. "I don't think he wants anything different. That's the best thing he can do for Stephen and for his team. Why would he not want to play? The guy's going to be a free agent."
Drew has been out of action since fracturing his ankle on a slide into home plate nearly a year ago. The 29-year-old is earning $7.75MM this season with a $10MM mutual option for 2013 ($1.35MM buyout).