PHOENIX -- After seeing starting pitcher Joe Saunders throw a simulated game Tuesday at Chase Field, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said the pitcher could return before the All-Star break.
"It's possible," Gibson said. "We're going to see how he feels tomorrow. We'll talk to him, look at the rest of our rotation and how it goes out before the All-Star break then consider how it would set up going into after the break."
Gibson said he prefers Saunders, who was scratched from his June 23 start with shoulder inflammation, make a minor-league rehab start before being activated form the disabled list, just to make sure everything feels right. Should he return before the break, it would probably be Sunday, particularly if Trevor Bauer, the scheduled starter, has any further issues with a strained groin. Still, Gibson reiterated he would rather the team not need Saunders then.
Saunders, though, made pretty clear Tuesday his preference to not go on a rehab assignment.
"We'll talk abou...