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06/27/12 11:31 PM ET

Drew singles in return to D-backs' lineup

ATLANTA -- D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew went 1-for-4 on Wednesday night against the Braves, his first Major League game action in 343 days.

Drew, who is coming back from a gruesome ankle injury suffered while sliding into home plate last July 20, played all nine innings.

"Overall good," Drew said. "I was excited to get back."

Drew said he expected to be able to play again Thursday. He had played in as many as three straight games during his Minor League rehab assignment.

"I think so," Drew said. "I mean it's nothing out of the norm the back-to-back-to-back. So I'll get back and get my rest, and get ready to play tomorrow."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson has said the club will evaluate Drew on a daily basis and not push him too hard, too quick.

"I'm sure he was nervous," Gibson said. "Swung the bat good, got his feet wet, and we'll see how he feels tomorrow."

In the fourth inning, Drew singled to right and went to second when the ball kicked away from right fielder Jason Heyward.

"It's coming along, but it's only one game," Drew said. "We've still got a long way to go. Just trying to work the count best as possible, get good pitches to hit and put good swings on it."

Drew looked comfortable in the field when he caught a popup in the second, and then ran into shallow left-center to nab one in the seventh.

Corbin recalled, will be long man in bullpen

ATLANTA -- Patrick Corbin's second stint in the big leagues will be both more and less familiar.

More in the sense that the D-backs left-hander has been here before, but less in that he will be pitching out of the bullpen for the first time in his professional career, other than a couple of appearances as a reliever during Spring Training.

Corbin was scratched from his Triple-A Reno start Tuesday after Daniel Hudson suffered an elbow injury. With Josh Collmenter stepping into Hudson's spot in the rotation, Corbin will be the long man in the bullpen.

Corbin was 2-3 with a 5.27 ERA in five starts for the D-backs earlier this year.

"Not as much nerves," Corbin said of getting the news of his promotion this time around. "I've kind of gone through this, so I'm just going to come here and feel more relaxed and ready to pitch."

Corbin talked to pitching coach Charles Nagy on Wednesday about how to stay loose in the bullpen by playing catch with the outfielders in between innings.

"It's something we'll have to be careful about, and make sure give him appropriate time to get loose in the bullpen," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said when asked about Corbin's lack of bullpen experience.

The D-backs will try and make sure that when he's brought in Corbin will be starting an inning rather than be asked to get loose quickly and come in during the middle of an inning.

"Not knowing when I'm going to throw is going to be a little different," Corbin said. "We'll see how that goes, I've never done it. I think I'll be all right though."

Collmenter to start in place of Hudson

ATLANTA -- Josh Collmenter's success out of the bullpen has earned him another shot in the rotation.

The D-backs right-hander will start on Sunday against the Brewers in place of Daniel Hudson, who suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Collmenter will also start next Friday.

Collmenter began the year in the rotation, but after five starts and an 8.46 ERA he was sent to the bullpen.

In addition to Hudson, the D-backs are also without the services of Joe Saunders, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday with inflammation in his shoulder.

Collmenter has had good success in his short career against the Brewers. In three career regular-season games, including two starts, he is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA against them. Last year in the National League Division Series he held Milwaukee to just one run over seven innings in a must-win Game 3.

"He's thrown great since we put him as the long guy, he has good experience in Milwaukee," Gibson said. "Then we can kind of reassess and see how quickly Joe is responding. He seems like he could be sooner than later."

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