Found May 22, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
PHOENIX Except for the haircut, Daniel Hudson looked the same when he returned to the Diamondbacks clubhouse Tuesday. His appearance Monday was what mattered, and his strong showing has the Diamondbacks looking toward his return to the starting rotation this weekend. Hudson gave up two runs in five innings in a rehab start at Class Triple-A Reno, an outing that left him positioned to rejoin the team for a start against Milwaukee on Sunday. Manager Kirk Gibson said he wants to see how Hudson recovers from his 71-pitch outing in Reno before making it official, but the D-backs cleared the way by optioning promising left-hander Patrick Corbin to Reno before the game. That move cleared roster space for Konrad Schmidt, added as catching insurance with Miguel Montero sidelined for the next two games by a groin injury. I feel good, ready to go. I might not be able to go 120 pitches Sunday, but hopefully I can get deep enough to shorten the game enough, Hudson said. Hudsons fastball topped out in the mid-90 mph range Monday, when he gave up five hits in a 10-4 victory over New Orleans. I dont know where that (velocity) came from," Hudson said. "I guess I was just pumped up. Im sure Ill be pretty jacked up on Sunday, too, if I get in there. Well see how it goes. Hudson was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement retroactive to April 19 after pitching through the pain in his April 18 start against Pittsburgh. I dont feel anything at all anymore. To not have any pain when I throw or the next day feels great, Hudson said. It was a slower process than I thought it would be at first. Its early in the year. We dont want to push anything and not be ready to go in September or whatnot. As far as having no setbacks, were pretty fortunate. Hudson could be throwing to usual battery mate Montero if the early prognosis on his strained left groin is correct. Montero left with a tweak in the sixth inning Monday and will not start until Friday at the earliest, Gibson said, although the injury does not appear to be serious. The D-backs have Thursday off. We dont think its 15 days, but at the same time we dont want to push him. Well take a couple of days and see how he progresses, Gibson said. Montero leads the D-backs with 21 RBIs and has five hits and five RBI in his last six games. I didnt feel anything pop, thank God," Montero said. "It was just kind of a cramp. I felt a knot, a little tightness. Early in the season, you dont want it to get even worse. Probably a day or two, I dont think any more than that. Corbin was 2-3 with a 5.27 ERA in five starts after filling Josh Collmenters spot in the rotation, including a 5-1 victory over San Francisco in which he gave up three hits in seven innings. He understands what he needs to work on, command, Gibson said. That move means that Wade Miley, as expected, will remain in the rotation. That seemed a foregone conclusion given Mileys 4-1 record and 1.91 ERA in six starts after taking Hudsons spot in late April.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

D-backs release Ransom, call up Bell

The Diamondbacks designated third baseman Cody Ransom for assignment on Monday, bringing to an end his extended slump that followed a red-hot start after he was called up to the majors on April 18. Infielder Josh Bell was recalled from Triple-A Reno to fill Ransom's roster spot. Bell, 25, hit .381 with nine doubles, four home runs and 30 RBIs in 26 games with the Aces. He was...

Diamondbacks recall 3B Bell, cut INF Ransom

The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled third baseman Josh Bell from Triple-A Reno and designated infielder Cody Ransom for assignment. Bell was batting .381 with nine doubles, a triple, four home runs and 30 RBIs in 26 games for Reno. The 25-year-old switch-hitter was in Arizona's starting lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night. Bell, 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds...

Minor-leaguer Bell handed Diamondbacks' third base job

Josh Bell is a starting third baseman in the majors again. The Arizona Diamondbacks purchased Bell from Class AAA Reno and installed him as the starting third baseman Monday, a move the D-backs had been mulling on their recent road trip as a way to kick-start their sluggish offense. He was 1 for 3 with a single two strikeouts and a fielding error in a 6-1 loss to the Dodgers. ...

Arizona catcher Montero will rest groin for a couple of days

Catcher Miguel Montero was held out of Arizona's starting lineup Tuesday and is not expected to play Wednesday, manager Kirk Gibson said, but the Diamondbacks do not believe his strained left groin is DL-threatening. Montero, who suffered the injury while making a quick move after a foul popup, was replaced by pinch hitter Henry Blanco in the sixth inning Monday. Blanco had...

D-backs bounce back in a big way

PHOENIX The Diamondbacks blew off blowing a five-run lead pretty easily. A day after a most discouraging defeat, the D-backs reacted with an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, preventing a series sweep with their highest scoring game of the season while taking some the sting off an 8-7 loss Tuesday. It was the kind of all-around game the D-backs have not had...

Putz remains D-backs' closer through struggles

PHOENIX Miami removed closer Heath Bell from that role before reinstating him earlier this season. The Angels demoted closer Jordan Walden after a sporadic start.Nothing like that is happening here.J. J. Putz will remain the Diamondbacks closer, manager Kirk Gibson said with an exclamation point Wednesday. Oh, yeah. No question, Gibson said at his pregame briefing. I just think...

NL West Quarter Report Card

Arizona Diamondbacks Hitters: F. The D'Backs slugged their way to an division title last season, but that hasn't been the case this season. No Arizona player has more than 5 homers. Even Justin Upton has been affected by the team-wide power outage as he currently sits with a puny .373 slugging percentage. Injuries have certainly played a role in their struggles as Stephen...

D-backs feeling left out again

PHOENIX The Diamondbacks shook things by adding a hitter to the roster Monday, but nothing could overcome their recent susceptibility to left-handed pitchers. The D-backs have faced two kinds of pitchers lately, righties and wrongies. They have beaten the last four right-handers they have faced and lost to the last five lefties. Chris Capuano, a former D-back who has persevered...

The 2012 Minor League Report – Week 8

There was plenty of buzz in minor league news last week with three top prospects getting promoted to Triple-A. Trevor Bauer, the third player picked in the 2011 Amateur Draft, was promoted by the Arizona Diamondbacks to Triple-A and allowed one run in eight innings with 11 strikeouts in his first start there. Between two levels, he now has a 1.60 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 56 1...

Lilly struggles, Dodgers blown out by D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) -- Justin Upton and Ryan Roberts homered and every Arizona starter had at least one hit as the Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-4 on Wednesday night, ending the NL West leaders' six-game winning streak. Willie Bloomquist had three hits, including an RBI triple, and Aaron Hill had two hits and two RBIs as the Diamondbacks won for only the second time...

Dodgers rally in 9th to beat Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) -- Ivan De Jesus hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth to give the Dodgers the lead and Dee Gordon went airborne to turn a game-ending double play as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-7 on Tuesday night. The Diamondbacks, who squandered a five-run lead going into the seventh, took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the eighth on Lyle...

Brewers Claim Cody Ransom, Demote Maysonet

Photo: Christian Peterson/Getty ImagesThe Brewers played another round of musical shortstops today, claiming infielder Cody Ransom off waivers from the Diamondbacks and optioning Edwin Maysonet to Nashville. The 36-year old Ransom has split time between Arizona and AAA Reno this year.Considering the current state of the Brewers infield, Ransom will probably get some playing time...
Diamondbacks News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.