D-backs' Young, Drew close to returning 

May, 17, 2012
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At some point in the next week, the Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping to get a few key pieces of their offense back on the field, as outfielder Chris Young and shortstop Stephen Drew are both on rehab assignments. While Young has been on the disabled list for a month and remains owned in 100 percent of ESPN leagues -- and that's warranted -- it's a far different story with Drew.

It's understandable that the defending National League West champion Diamondbacks aren't off to a great start this season, considering the fact that Young remains the team leader in home runs with five, and he played in only 11 games. Justin Upton is slugging just .328, the team has received ghastly production from three-quarters of the infield (nice job, Paul Goldschmidt and Ryan Roberts), and No. 2 starter Daniel Hudson has made only three starts. Still, it's hardly too late to catch the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesChris Young is expected to rejoin the Diamondbacks sometime this weekend.
Getting Young back is critical, though fantasy owners should be warned his .410 batting average is likely to drop 100 points and perhaps quite a bit more. This is not a guy who hits for any semblance of batting average (he's a career .242 hitter), but an average season for him since 2007 features 23 home runs and 20 stolen bases.

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