MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson sees a lot of his younger self in Dodgers' full-speed-ahead rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig, who made his first trip to Chase Field this week.
"That's refreshing to watch," Gibson said. "Honestly, even from an opponent's point of view, that's refreshing."
Former Detroit manager Sparky Anderson once said Gibson played 150 percent at all times, and Gibson wears the compliment like a badge. Cuban emigre Puig, who signed a seven-year, $42 million contract last summer, seems to have the same gene.
Puig, 23, he has taken the NL by storm in his first six weeks, hitting .394 with eight home runs, eight doubles and five stolen bases. He seems to play with a disregard for his own health, as Gibson did in his early years. Puig plowed into Arizona catcher Miguel Montero instead of sliding when he tried to score in the fifth inning Tuesday.
Throttling down is a lesson that takes some time to learn, as Gibson knows full well. Gibson won World Series championships with the Tigers in 1984 and with the Dodgers in 1988, when he was the NL MVP, but his never-give-an-inch attitude left him with a slight limp and a scar on his leg from a severe hamstring injury, plus an arm that cannot fully rotate.
"Puig's going to tell you the same thing. Kirk Gibson when he was 21 years old would have said the same thing," Gibson said. "That's admirable. I think that's a great trait."
What did it take to slow down?
"Just playing, living and learning, hurting yourself stupidly," Gibson said.
Puig will get there, Gibson is sure, even if it means the Dodgers will have a weapon to combat Paul Goldschmidt in the years to come.
"In the end, in the finished product, he has a wealth of physical talent and positive energy that he brings to his team and to the game," Gibson said. "The wisdom part, he's going to start acquiring the wisdom over time, too. As they get closer together, that's when you really have a finished product of someone who's powerful and more consistent in big time situations."
Gibson had his team handle Puig successfully Wednesday, though the end result didn't work out for the D-backs. Puig went 1-for-7 in the Dodgers' 7-5, 14-inning win.
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost two
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Brewers (Yovani Gallardo, 7-8, 4.85) at Diamondbacks (Wade Miley, 5-7, 4.06)
--3B Eric Chavez missed his second consecutive game Wednesday due to hip stiffness. Chavez felt the injury Monday, manager Kirk Gibson said, and was a late scratch Tuesday. He likely would not have started against Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu under normal circumstances, but he was the only position player who was not used even though Wednesday's game went 14 innings.
--RHP Heath Bell could not hold a 5-4 lead after getting the first two outs of the ninth inning in Arizona's 6-5, 14-inning loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday, his fifth blown save of the season and the D-backs' major-league-high 19th. Bell walked 1B Adrian Gonzalez before singles by SS Hanley Ramirez and C A.J. Ellis tied the game. Manager Kirk Gibson called the walk inexcusable. Bell added, "I've faced Adrian a lot. He knows me. I know him. A pitch got away from me, and I ended up walking him. I thought I could get Hanley out, but it didn't happen that way. I feel really bad because I let everybody down. We definitely should have won that game."
--LHP Tyler Skaggs followed the best start of his short major league career with one of his shortest, giving up eight hits and three runs in 4 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Skaggs did dance out of danger, however, to keep it from getting worse. He left runners on the corners in the second and fourth innings, and he held the Dodgers to one run after they loaded the bases in the fourth.
--LF Cody Ross and CF A.J. Pollock made two of the D-backs' best defensive plays of the year to take hits away from Dodgers leadoff man 2B Mark Ellis. Ellis hit the fifth pitch of the game to deep left field, but Ross leaped at the 376-foot sign and got his glove over the fence to take away an apparent home run away. Pollock made a full dive to his right to catch a line drive from Ellis leading off the third, taking away at least a double and probably a triple.
--LHP Wade Miley will enter his Thursday start against Milwaukee on a roll. He has given up only one earned run in 13 2/3 innings in his last two starts and is coming off one of his best starts of the season, an 11-1 victory over Colorado on Saturday in which he limited the Rockies to five hits and one run in eight innings. He won in Milwaukee earlier this year and is 2-1 with a 6.89 ERA against the Brewers in three career starts.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have to figure out some things so that we can get outs late in the game. It's a shame." -- Manager Kirk Gibson, after the Diamondbacks blew a ninth-inning lead Wednesday and lost 7-5 to the Dodgers in 14 innings.
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - ROSTER REPORT
--3B Eric Chavez (hip stiffness) did not play July 9-10.
--RHP Brandon McCarthy (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 31. McCarthy canceled a scheduled bullpen appearance July 1 because of shoulder fatigue. Unrelated to his elbow, McCarthy suffered a seizure on June 3 related to being hit in the head on a line drive last September. He was taken to a local hospital and put on anti-seizure medication before being cleared to resume his rehabilitation. He threw 40 pitches in a simulated game July 9. McCarthy could pitch another simulated game July 14, extending it to 60-70 pitches, before he goes out on a rehab assignment. McCarthy is not expected to join the rotation in the first turn after the All-Star break, manager Kirk Gibson said.
--RHP Trevor Cahill (right hip contusion) went on the 15-day disabled list July 1. He played catch July 8, but there is no timetable for his return.
--INF/OF Willie Bloomquist (broken left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 28. A CT scan July 5 revealed two small fractures on the top of his hand. He is expected to be out until at least mid-August.
--RHP Daniel Hudson (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 20. He re-tore the UCL in his left elbow in his first minor league rehab start on June 10. He underwent a second season-ending Tommy John surgery in late June, his second surgery in 11 months.
--LHP Matt Reynolds (slight tear of left UCL) went on the 15-day disabled list June 10. A second opinion from specialist Dr. James Andrews confirmed the D-backs' diagnosis that no surgery is required, but he is expected to miss two to three months.
LHP Wade Miley
LHP Patrick Corbin
RHP Randall Delgado
RHP Ian Kennedy
LHP Tyler Skaggs
RHP Heath Bell (closer)
RHP J.J. Putz
RHP David Hernandez
RHP Brad Ziegler
LHP Tony Sipp
RHP Josh Collmenter
RHP Will Harris
1B Paul Goldschmidt
2B Aaron Hill
SS Didi Gregorius
3B Eric Chavez/Martin Prado
INF Cliff Pennington
LF Jason Kubel
CF Adam Eaton
RF Cody Ross
OF A.J. Pollock
OF Gerardo Parra