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02/24/12 7:15 PM EST

Drew looks 'outstanding' so far

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Stephen Drew did not take grounders on Friday, but he did hit on the field for the first time this spring.

"He's been outstanding," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said. "We knew that he was going to need some recovery time between sessions out there, but he's probably ahead of the game, I think, when it comes to range. He's planting well, I thought that might be an issue, but it hasn't been. Release, transition, everything looks -- like the old Stephen Drew."

The one thing that Drew still has some trouble with is stopping quickly once he gets moving. But so far, he has experienced no setbacks in his recovery from last July's ankle surgery.

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said the club does not have a deadline for when Drew must be able to perform certain tasks in order to be ready for Opening Day. The team simply wants to make sure that when he does get into a spring game, he is ready.

"He's got to listen to his body," Towers said. "That really shouldn't be our decision, it's his decision. He's going to know how he feels much more than we do, and he's just got to be honest and forthright with where he's at and not push it too hard. It's a long season. The last thing you want is a guy to go out there just to play, and he doesn't feel he's ready yet."

Towers, Gibson are OK with Braun ruling

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The test that showed a performance-enhancing substance in Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun's system was taken the day of Game 1 of Milwaukee's National League Division Series matchup with the D-backs.

Braun's 50-game suspension was overturned by an arbitration panel on Thursday, according to multiple reports, because of chain of custody concerns.

The D-backs lost in extra innings in a decisive Game 5 -- and Braun hit .500, with four doubles and a homer, in the series.

Despite Braun's success in the series and the subsequent positive test result, the D-backs were not crying foul when asked about it Friday.

"We got beat by a better ballclub," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said of the series. "I mean he was a part of that ballclub, but it wasn't just losing to Ryan Braun. We lost to a good Milwaukee Brewers ballclub. They had a nice pitching staff, a good bullpen, several players that did damage against us."

Said manager Kirk Gibson, "He's a very good player, and as I look at the series last year, we had our chance to beat them. They beat us fair and square, and I've got no problem with anything that's happened."

D-backs, Montero remain apart on contract

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs have not had talks recently with catcher Miguel Montero about a contract extension.

Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said the team has talked more internally to prepare for the discussions with Montero's representatives. Montero and the D-backs avoided a salary-arbitration hearing with a last-minute agreement on a one-year, $5.9 million contract.

Montero, who can be a free agent after this season, has expressed a desire to stay in Arizona long term. The two sides appear to be on the same page, with regards to years on a deal, but remain far apart in terms of money.

Montero expressed a desire to resolve the situation, one way or another, before the start of the season -- and suggested that March 20 might be a good deadline for getting a deal done or tabling it until the end of the year.

The D-backs agree with that thought process.

"I don't want it to be a distraction for him once the season starts," Towers said. "There always has to be compromises on both sides to be able to work a deal, and I don't think it's any secret we'd like to have him here long term. Will that happen? I can't answer that."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.