Last night's defeat by the Pirates proved troublesome for Arizona in more than one way, with catcher Miguel Montero being taken out of the game after jarring his knee early on. He's scheduled to have an MRI on it as a result: there's more information on that, countered with some hopefully hopeful news about Webb, recaps of yesterday's defeat, and the usual smorgasbord of bits and pieces. I think, we'll start with the injury updates, and leave the recaps to last, since this is not a game of which we want to be reminded.
End of the trip to Scotland today: taking the night train to London this evening, but will be rattling around Heathrow Airport for a good six hours tomorrow, so the odds are good that we'll be seeking ways to amuse ourselves from there!
News ant Notes
- Montero to have MRI on knee - "Anytime you talk about knees, it's scary," said Hinch. "We'll hope for the best during the test and then react accordingly."
- Montero's injury a concern - "The relative lack of swelling is not necessarily an indicator, Hinch said. “You never know. I’ve been around long enough to know that guys respond to things differently. It could mean good news. It could mean bad news. That’s why we sent him for the MRI,” Hinch said."
- Webb to play catch on Monday - "As for Webb, it’s probably looking like June 1 at the earliest as far as a return date. But really it’s impossible to say.'
- Baseball Sunday: LaRoche brings calm vibe to Arizona - "Adam's just so ... he's so laid back," Chris Young said, grinning.
- Aizona Diamondbacks' Chris Young improving on defense, too - "Young has made a pair of impressive catches on balls in front of him - plays that in years past he sometimes struggled with."
- Pittsburgh Pirates vs Arizona Diamondbacks - "The Diamondbacks have a better than 60% chance of winning (on Sunday) based on 10,000 game simulations generated one play at a time by the AccuScore Simulation Supercomputer."
- Pirates pound Haren, Duke beats Diamondbacks 6-3 - MLB - Yahoo! Sports - "The Diamondbacks love to hit fastballs, and Duke kept them off balance with a steady diet of off-speed pitches. "We were able to use their aggressiveness against them," he said."
- Haren off his game against Bucs | dbacks.com: News - "It was one of those without my best stuff," explained Haren, five days following his Opening Day gem. "I wasn't able to put up as many zeros as I usually can."
- Arizona Diamondbacks fall to Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field - "I left a lot of balls out over the middle of the plate, too many pitches up in the zone," Haren said. "That's not a recipe for success. I made some adjustments as the game went along, but I dug myself too big a hole to get out of."