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Stephen Drew fractures right ankle, surgery likely

Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 20: Stephen Drew #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts in pain after he was tagged out by catcher Jonathan Lucroy (not pictured) of the Milwaukee Brewers as he attempted to score during the fifth inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on July 20, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. Drew was injured on the play and taken out of the game. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Awful news tonight out of the desert.

According to the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter feed, shortstop Stephen Drew has been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle and is likely to undergo surgery. He could miss the rest of the 2011 season.

Drew suffered the injury while sliding into home plate during Wednesday night’s game against the Brewers. His right leg got caught under his own body just before he made contact with Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who applied a tag to Drew’s torso. Drew had to be carried off the field by two trainers and was unable to put any pressure on the ankle.

You can view the gruesome video HERE.

The Diamondbacks are making arrangements to promote 35-year-old Cody Ransom from Triple-A Reno. The journeyman infielder has registered a fantastic 1.060 OPS, 25 home runs and 86 RBI in 91 games this season for the Aces while playing second base, third base and shortstop. He’s unlikely to match that level of production in the big leagues, but he may ease the pain of Drew’s loss if he can come close.

The D’Backs are currently four games back of the Giants in the National League West standings.