Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 4/18/12
PHOENIX -Now that Chris Young has been placed on the disabled list, Plan B has become Plan A. Not that the Diamondbacks are sweating it. They will miss Young, whose numbers litter the NL leader board and whose defense is so voracious that it occasionally takes a bite out of him, too. But they have done without before. After shortstop Stephen Drew went down last July 20, the D-backs let it bother them so much that they won the NL West by only eight games. And they had only 48 comeback victories. And never lost a game that they led after eight innings. By now, even Kirk Gibson's mom, now 81, knows what is coming. Gibson spoke to her Wednesday morning, about the time Young was undergoing the MRI that revealed what the D-backs are calling a slight ligament tear in his right shoulder and after Gibson knew he would be without right fielder Justin Upton for a second consecutive day because of his nagging bone bruise in his left thumb. "She said, 'Well, you're just going to have to deal with it, and they're going to have to carry a little extra baggage.' Pretty funny. She understands," Gibson said. So Gibson's never-give-an-inch is hereditary. It did not immediately take the D-backs lost the final game of the Pittsburgh series, 2-1, when David Hernandez's well-located fastball was blooped into no-man's land in short right field to enable the winning to score to break a tie in the eighth inning. The pop fly negated Daniel Hudson's best start of the season. At the time, the effort demonstrated what the D-backs do when they are at their best, regroup. When Geoff Blum and Zach Duke suffered major injuries in spring training last, Ryan Roberts stepped up. Josh Collmenter, too. Paul Goldschmidt. And there were plenty of others. While Young is out, the D-backs will need offense from players such newcomer Jason Kubel, Roberts, Paul Goldschmidt and old reliable Miguel Montero, Kubel responded with an RBI-single for a 1-0 lead in the first inning, continuing a trend. The D-backs have score in 10 of their 12 first innings this season, 17 runs in all. Newcomer A.J. Pollock, purchased from Class AAA Reno to add outfield depth when Blum played on the disabled list with an oblique muscle injury suffered Tuesday, will be asked to contribute. Pollock showed off his speed when he easily beat a throw to second base while attempting to steal after he walked in the seventh inning. He was tagged out after over-sliding the base, but he will be able to steal bases. And on it goes. "We have a pretty mentally strong team here. When guys go down, that's a part of the game. You can't expect your roster to be 100 percent the entire year. When teams face adversity, that's when you find out what type of team you have, and I think we have a pretty good one," Upton said. "We just have to keep ourselves around" the pennant race. "The goal is to keep yourself in the hunt. When your name is called, you just go out and do what you have to do. We did it last year. Our guys do that very well. If you look at it long-term, we are going to be just fine." The D-backs may be without Upton for a week or two in the new future. While the D-backs can less afford to lose Upton now that Young will be down for an indefinite period, they might place him on the disabled list if his thumb does not improve soon. Upton pinch-ran in the ninth inning Wednesday, but hitting is the issue, and the D-backs will monitor his progress swinging the bat the next several days before reaching a conclusion. It is enough to make a general manager toss and turn. "It's not just us. It happens around baseball. I'd be lying if I didn't say it was a tough morning waking up, after what happened to Blum, where 'J-Up' is at, losing a ball game and losing 'C.Y.,'" Towers said. "But we can't hang our heads. That's what embodies this ballclub. We overcome situations like this. Hopefully we'll do it again." Gibson and Towers brought that with them when they took over for good last spring. "You have to move on. You have to find a way. You can't be discouraged by it," Gibson said. "This is what we signed up for. Things happen along the way and you stand up to that challenge. It's not how we planned it out, but you sign in. You're either in or you're out."Follow Jack Magruder on Twitter
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