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05/07/12 8:28 PM ET

Drew set for five innings in extended spring

PHOENIX -- Injured D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew will play five innings Tuesday in an extended spring training game, the longest he's gone since fracturing his right ankle last July 20.

"He's much improved, he's making progress," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He looks good. You can tell he's walking better, swinging the bat really well."

Drew last played in a game Saturday before taking Sunday off and working out Monday at Chase Field.

The 29-year-old still hasn't slid yet, but he said that will come in a week or two.

"It's coming along really well," Drew said. "Hopefully that pace continues. It's still sore, but at the same time it's gotten better. Not like it used to be, I've came a long way. It's good to see some bounce back after working hard."

While in the extended spring training games, Drew has been more reserved at the plate than what he's used to.

"I'm trying to get my at-bats in and get back into routine," he said. "I'm seeing a lot of pitches and I'm taking a lot of pitches I wouldn't normally take. I'm trying to get the release points. I'm not worried about it. When I get closer, I'll be more aggressive."

Like with Drew's teammates on the disabled list, Gibson is taking his time and not rushing the shortstop back.

"As much as you want it to be quicker, it doesn't work that way," Gibson said. "You advance him and see how he reacts. He's responding much better. It's more if he can do it back to back. He's structurally good, the bone is strong and the ligament is strong."

Upbeat Young getting closer to rehab games

PHOENIX -- D-backs outfielder Chris Young went through what he called a "normal day" on Monday as he continues to rehab a right shoulder contusion that landed him on the 15-day disabled list on April 18.

The workout included taking roughly 50 swings in the batting cage and throwing the ball from about 150 feet.

"It was an extremely positive day, a few days ago I didn't know if I'd be able to do all that," Young said. "However my rehab is going, it affects my mood for that day, and today I'm in a great mood."

Young will attempt to go through the same routine on Tuesday, and he said he hopes to be in rehab games by the end of the week.

"We're getting so close, I just don't want to have any setbacks, I want to be smart about what I'm doing," he said. "Be playing some games by the end of the week is my goal, but that's not my job."

The former All-Star admitted he felt some tightness in the shoulder but that he felt like he wasn't guarding it as much as he had been.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson watched Young's workout and was encouraged with the progress but is still cautious about moving too fast.

"He's come a long way, but he's got a ways to go," Gibson said. "We want to make sure he's ready to come back and play at full speed. He still isn't 100 percent comfortable with it yet, certainly not throwing."

While the club was on the road for the last 11 days, Young rehabbed every morning then went home to watch the D-backs on television.

"Sitting on your couch watching the games is awkward for me because I've never done it before and it's not something I want to get used to doing," he said. "I'm sure my teammates missed me. I made sure to tell everybody I missed them."

He also said he became a hockey fan as the Coyotes progress in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Young was batting .410 with five homers and 13 RBIs before the injury.

"No time is a good time to get hurt," he said. "If I was struggling at the plate and I got hurt, then all you can do is sit at home and think about what else you have to change. I don't think anytime is a good time."

Hudson on track to return by end of month

PHOENIX -- If everything goes well, the D-backs hope to have injured pitcher Daniel Hudson back in the rotation by the end of the month, but the next step in his rehab process is a bullpen session on Tuesday at Chase Field.

Hudson, who is recovering from a right shoulder impingement that landed him on the 15-day disabled list on April 21, has thrown only off flat ground thus far.

"With how good I feel, I feel like I could jump out there today," he said. "But at the same time you have to be smart. I don't want to go back, have starts and be back where I am."

Hudson threw about 20 fastballs and changeups his last time throwing and he said there were no setbacks.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said his pitcher is still on schedule with the club's original plan.

"He feels very good," Gibson said. "We've got to get him built back up. At some point, he'll throw 50 pitches and then 75. He'll start going on five days with bullpens in between that."

Hudson was 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA before heading to the DL. In his last start on April 18, he held the Pirates to two earned runs over 7 2/3 innings.

Worth noting

• Justin Upton batted second in the D-backs' lineup on Monday for the first time since Sept. 14, 2010.

• Still on the 15-day disabled list with a straight right calf, relief pitcher Takashi Saito is back to throwing on flat ground after reinjuring the calf during a rehab assignment at Class A Visalia.

• First-base coach Eric Young's father passed away on Sunday. He is not with the team, and bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock will fill in while Young is away.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerEmerick. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.