Found October 05, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson on Thursday predicted starting pitcher Daniel Hudson would need at least until August to return from Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm, but Hudson took to Twitter on Friday to vehemently dispute that timeline. "August my A," Hudson tweeted. "I'll be back by the all star break at the latest." Further questioned by a Twitter follower if he believed that timeline to be realistic, Hudson responded that there is "no doubt in my mind." Hudson left early in a June 26 start in Atlanta with elbow soreness, and tests revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. A second opinion confirmed Hudson, 25, would need Tommy John Surgery. The typical recovery time from the surgery is 12 to 18 months. A 16-game winner during the D-backs run to an NL West title in 2011, Hudson began rehabbing quickly, providing regular updates on Twitter. Without him, the D-backs missed the playoffs, and Gibson was asked on Thursday about Hudson&...

D-backs' shopping list starts at short, third

PHOENIX -- General manager Kevin Towers laid out the Diamondbacks offseason shopping list in pretty plain terms Thursday. The D-backs are seeking, in about this order: 1. a shortstop 2. a third baseman 3. a power arm for the back of the bullpen 4. a situational left-hander 5. a starting pitcher Priority No. 1 is probably the left side of our infield, Towers said. Because...

Diamondbacks officially part ways with Daron Sutton & Mark Grace

After suspending each of the pair during the 2012 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks will not be retaining either Daron Sutton or Mark Grace in their announce team for 2013. Sutton was suspended back in June by the team because of, essentially, his preference towards wearing a suit as opposed to Diamondbacks branded gear in the broadcast booth. As for Grace, he took a leave...

D-backs GM eyes changes after disappointing season

The Arizona Diamondbacks tumbled from their 2011 NL West title with a thud this season, and that means changes are in store for 2013. General manager Kevin Towers said the top priority is upgrading the left side of the infield, particularly at shortstop, a position that is thin in the team's otherwise outstanding minor league system. He indicated that third base is another target...

Grace, Sutton not returning as D-backs announcers

Mark Grace and Daron Sutton will not return as television announces for the Arizona Diamondbacks next season. The club confirmed that it is seeking replacements for the pair. Grace, the popular former major leaguer and the team's color analyst, left the crew voluntarily in August after his second driving-while intoxicated arrest in 15 months. Sutton, the play-by-play announcer...

Fan at D'Backs-Rockies game has killer mohawk

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s the best baseball-themed mohawk of the season. Just like FOX Sports Arizona said, “it took 162 games, but we finally have a winner for hairdo of the season.” I’d love to turn this guy upside down and use him as a broom. Splendid look, splendid. And if you have any idea who this gentleman is, please email us. Go here to see all...

Offseason moves

Video: Analyze that Kirk Gibson analyzes the little things that can make a big difference between winning a divisional pennant and finishing at .500 Video: Injured Kirk Gibson discusses the major impact of injuries to Willie Bloomquist and Daniel Hudson and reflects on some of the season's shortcomings. Video: In the tree Kirk Gibson talks about his off-season plans.

D-backs announce change in broadcast booth

PHOENIX Daron Sutton and Mark Grace will not return as the Diamondbacks' television broadcast team next season. The D-backs severed their relationship with Sutton because of "philosophical differences," team presidentCEO Derrick Hall said Thursday. Grace's Aug. 23 arrest for driving under the influence was the reason he will not retained, Hall said. It was Graces...

D-backs' inconsistency led to 'medium' season

PHOENIX -- Kirk Gibson was asked to describe the season in one word. Can it be a number? Gibson asked. He was being semi-serious, but he was on point. The D-backs season can be summed up in one number: .500. The D-backs were never more than four games over .500 in defense of their 2011 NL West title, and they were never more than five games under. They spent two days in first...

MLB Wild Card Play In Picks: Embrace The Silly

This year's baseball playoffs are going to be upon us in, as I write this, 27 hours... which is to say, hardly enough time to even begin to think about putting down a bet, but that's fine, really. Baseball doesn't lend itself to betting, because the act of quality is getting there, not winning. Consider the Kirk Gibson Dodgers, the Kirby Puckett Twins, both of those...
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