MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH
Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy will be forced to skip a Monday start because of a laceration in his right index finger that occurred when he was doing the dishes.
Kennedy cut himself as he was washing a knife, joining a short list of major-leaguers for whom the explanation probably was more painful than the injury itself.
"There is no cool story to it. It is kind of embarrassing. Cleaning a knife. It stinks, because it is something I easily could control," said Kennedy, 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA in 10 starts.
"I can't wash any more knives," he said.
Kennedy is not the only one in the majors to suffer a similar injury; heck, he was not the only one at Chase Field on Sunday.
San Diego right-hander Andrew Cashner suffered a cut on his right thumb in December when he and a hunting partner were cleaning a carcass and he was forced to open the season in the bullpen instead of the rotation because the recovery time extended into spring training.
San Francisco left-hander Jeremy Affeldt suffered a lacerated right hand that caused nerve damage when he cut himself while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties in September 2011, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.
The D-backs' medical personnel told Kennedy he should be 100 percent in time for him to start Friday, the first game of a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs.
Left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who is 4-5 with a 5.23 ERA at Triple-A Reno, will take Kennedy's place on the mound in the first game of a day/night doubleheader against Texas on Monday. Skaggs has made three consecutive quality starts with the Aces, going 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA. He had 10 strikeouts and no walks in 7 2/3 innings Wednesday in a 6-2 victory over Round Rock, and six of his nine starts at hitter-friendly Reno have been quality starts.
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 6-4
NEXT: Rangers (Yu Darvish, 7-2, 2,84, and Martin Perez, 2013 debut) at Diamondbacks (Tyler Skaggs, 2013 debut, and Trevor Cahill, 3-5, 2.81)
--LHP Patrick Corbin had his remarkable season-opening streak ended Sunday, when he gave up four runs (three earned) in six innings of a 6-5 victory over San Diego. "I didn't have my best stuff today, but I wanted to go out there and battle and give it what I had," Corbin said. In each of his first nine starts, Corbin (8-0) had gone six innings or more and given up two runs of fewer, the first major leaguer to open the season that way since Colorado RHP Ubaldo Jimenez had 12 such starts in 2010.
--RHP Ian Kennedy was scratched from a scheduled Monday start with a laceration on his right index finger suffered when he cut himself with a knife while doing the dishes Thursday. "There is no cool story to it. It is kind of embarrassing. Cleaning a knife. It stinks, because it is something I easily could control," said Kennedy, 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA. The D-backs' medical personnel have told Kennedy he should be 100 percent in time for a start Friday, the first game of a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs.
--LHP Tyler Skaggs will be recalled from Triple-A Reno to start the first game of a doubleheader Monday against Texas, replacing injured RHP Ian Kennedy (finger). Skaggs, who is 4-5 with a 5.23 ERA at Reno, has made three consecutive quality starts with the Aces, going 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA. "He's throwing the ball better," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. Skaggs made his major league in a doubleheader last year, going 6 2/3 innings in a 3-2 victory over Miami on Aug. 22. He remained in the rotation until late September, but as the extra pitcher added Monday, he must be returned to the minors after the game.
--3B Eric Chavez's first-inning home run Sunday was his second in as many games, the first time he had homered in consecutive games since August 2012, when he homered against Detroit on Aug. 9 and Texas on Aug. 12. Chavez has seven homers in 111 at-bats this season, averaging one every 15.9 at-bats. His ratio would be eighth in the NL if he had enough at-bats to qualify.
--INF/OF Martin Prado followed his three-hit game Saturday with his first four-hit game as a D-back on Sunday. "He's seeing the ball better. That's a good sign for us," manager Kirk Gibson said. Prado was 8-for-12 with four doubles in the San Diego series, raising his batting average 25 percentage points to .257 over the weekend.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I never thought of it too much. You obviously are trying not to let them score. We got the win today, that's all that matters." -- LHP Patrick Corbin, after his streak lasting six or more innings and holding opponents to two or fewer runs ended at nine starts Sunday. He still emerged with the win over San Diego.
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Ian Kennedy (right index finger laceration) was scratched from a scheduled start May 27 after cutting his finger on a knife while doing the dishes at home May 23. He's scheduled to start May 31.
--INF/OF Willie Bloomquist (right intercostal strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. An MRI revealed a Grade 2 strain. He began playing in extended spring training games in early May but felt pain on a swing and was backed off. He began playing again in extended spring training May 16, then started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on May 24. He'll be re-evaluated during the last week of May.
--CF Adam Eaton (torn left elbow ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. An MRI revealed a slight tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. He began a rehab assignment as the designated hitter for Triple-A Reno on May 3, then moved to Class A Visalia on May 11. He returned to Reno on May 20. He played in the outfield for the first time at Visalia on May 17 but felt pain in his elbow that was ruled to be just an irritation with no structural damage, according to the team. The D-backs sent the films of Eaton's recent MRI to Dr. James Andrews for further evaluation.
--RHP J.J. Putz (right elbow strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 8. He was diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament, but he is not expected to need surgery. He playing catch at 90 feet during the week of May 20-26, a baby step toward recovery, while continuing strengthening exercises.
--2B Aaron Hill (fractured left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 15. The fracture is located near a tendon, and healing was going slower than hoped as of mid-May. He will see a hand specialist again May 27, and he now seems unlikely to return until mid-June.
--RHP Daniel Hudson (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 20. He began throwing in extended spring training May 10, and he threw 75 pitches there in a May 22 outing. He'll gradually lengthen his appearances in anticipation of returning around the All-Star break.
RHP Ian Kennedy
RHP Trevor Cahill
RHP Brandon McCarthy
LHP Wade Miley
LHP Patrick Corbin
RHP Heath Bell (closer)
RHP David Hernandez
RHP Brad Ziegler
LHP Tony Sipp
LHP Matt Reynolds
RHP Josh Collmenter
RHP Will Harris
1B Paul Goldschmidt
2B Martin Prado
SS Didi Gregorius
3B Eric Chavez
INF Cliff Pennington
UT Josh Wilson
LF Jason Kubel
CF Gerardo Parra
RF Cody Ross
OF A.J. Pollock
OF Eric Hinske