Nationals place infielder Stephen Drew on DL with dizziness
CLEVELAND (AP) Unable to figure out what's making Stephen Drew dizzy, the Washington Nationals placed the veteran infielder on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
Drew has played just once in the past week, delivering a walk-off triple to give Washington a win over San Diego on Saturday. Manager Dusty Baker said the 33-year-old Drew has been experiencing vertigo-like symptoms and the team is sending him back to Washington for more medical tests.
''He wasn't getting any better,'' Baker said before the Nationals concluded their two-game interleague series with the Indians. ''He was dizzy. He was kind of worried and didn't know what it was because he's had two concussions, but he hadn't had anything that would have caused another concussion. Whenever you feel woozy and dizzy and don't get any better, that's a pretty good indication that something's wrong.''
Drew sat out several days last week because he was feeling ill. He's in his first season with the Nationals, who signed him as a free agent in January.
The Nationals initially thought Drew was suffering from a flu bug that recently afflicted the team. His versatility and postseason experience have made him invaluable to Baker.
''We'll try to find out what's wrong with him so he can get back because he's a big part of our team,'' Baker said.
Drew is batting .262 with seven homers and 17 RBIs for the NL East leaders. He's hit three pinch-hit homers.
To replace Drew, the Nationals have recalled infielder Wilmer Difo from Double-A Harrisburg. The speedy 24-year-old batted .255 with 14 doubles, 33 RBIs and 26 stolen bases in the minors.