Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 6/5/12
PHOENIX Frustration with the Diamondbacks sluggish start has hit the board room. D-backs managing partner Ken Kendrick took on Stephen Drew and Justin Upton in a radio interview with Brad Cesmat on the Prostopreps.com website on Monday, questioning Drews commitment to returning to the field this season and calling Upton an enigma. Drew is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for Class AAA Reno on Thursday after suffering ankle and ligament damage last July 20, but it is not happening quickly enough to suit Kendrick, who has watched the D-backs open 25-30 in defense of their NL West title. I think Stephen should have been out there playing by now. I for one am disappointed, Kendrick said. Im going to be real candid and say Stephen and his representatives are more focused on where he is going to be a year from now than going ahead and supporting the team that is playing his salary. All you can do is hope that the player is treating the situation with integrity. We have our concerns. Kendrick said he has not talked directly with Drew, but others have. The D-backs are paying Drew 7.75 million this season and the sides have a mutual 10 million option with a 1.35 million buyout for 2013, and it does not sound as if Kendrick would be willing to pick up the option. Drew is represented by Scott Boras, who did not respond to messages seeking a response. Drew will be a free agent if his option is not accepted. Upton finished fourth in the NL MVP voting last season with a career year that included 31 home runs and 89 RBIs. He is hitting .243 with five home runs and 20 RBIs this season. He was bothered by a bone bruise in his left thumb that cost him four games earlier the second week of the season but has not missed a game because of injury since. I think Justin is an enigma at this point. I know he had an injury. It was something of a nagging injury, but hes played, Kendrick said. Hes certainly not the Justin Upton he has been in the past, and we would expect of him . Hes 24 years old. Its time for him to b e a consistent performer, and hes not been that. Upton is in the third year of a six-year, 51.45 million contract that is worth 6.75 million this year and jumps to 9.75 million this year.
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