PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks added a fresh arm to their bullpen when they activated Takashi Saito from the disabled list Saturday, the first time Saito has been with the team this season.
The D-backs have succeeded at limiting their relievers' workload -- David Hernandez leads the bullpen with 40 13 innings, a figure that is not even in the National League's top 20 -- but Saito adds a veteran presence and could be especially valuable if he shows the form he displayed the last time the D-backs faced him, when he made three scoreless appearances for the Brewers in the 2011 NLDS.
We saw Saito as somebody who has a ton of experience and knows how to pitch in leverage situations. I think thats an advantage for us, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
Gibson and Saito met Friday after Saito pitched two 1-2-3 innings with the D-backs' squad in the Arizona League. Saito told Gibson he was ready for better competition.
"I said, 'Well, there is pretty good competition here,'" Gibson said.