09/09/2002 9:38 pm ET
Reynoso may get work
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- It's been a long, frustrating year for Armando Reynoso, but after recovering from neck surgery the right-handed pitcher is anxious to see action.
The 36-year-old, 10-year veteran was activated from the disabled list prior to last Thursday's game in San Francisco, and the next night Reynoso threw about 50 pitches on the side. That's the closest to being on the field he's been since he pitched June 9, 2001 at Kansas City.
"Maybe tonight there will be a good situation for me," said Reynoso, who said he has felt healthy following several simulated games. "I got some work in San Francisco just trying to keep my arm ready and I feel good. I want to get in a game and do well."
Manager Bob Brenly says the game plan is for Reynoso to pitch perhaps three or four innings in relief should a starter falter.
"There's a possibility of doing that, to bridge the gap and keep the other team in check, along with John Patterson," said Brenly. "There's a few guys over on the Padres that Armando has done well against, so he even might be in a one or two-guy situation, but he's better suited to give us about three innings if we need it."
Reynoso was 10-6 with a 4.37 ERA in 1999 for Arizona and was 11-12 with a 5.27 ERA in 2000. Last season he pitched only nine games before being sidelined with a strained right shoulder.
Finley starts: As expected, center fielder Steve Finley started Monday's game against San Diego after being absent from the starting lineup for three games with a tender left hamstring.
"I've just got to be smart about it," said Finley, about the dangers of aggravating the injury while batting and running. "Every day it should get better, so initially I'll be protecting it. It's the starting and stopping that could hurt it."
Not so ancient: Remember last year, when critics said the D-Backs were too old to stay competitive? Joe Garagiola Jr., the senior vice-president and general manager, says that talk has all but disappeared.
"Last year it seemed to be uppermost in people's minds," he said. "I guess it's hard to say that now with (Erubiel) Durazo, (Junior) Spivey, (Mike) Koplove and (Byung-Hyun) Kim."
Garagiola admits the team's recent struggles have been stressful, but says he's fully confident the club will do well down the stretch.
"This is a team of veterans and they're not fazed in big games," said Garagiola. "You can use any cliche you want -- if we just play the way we're capable of playing things will turn out OK. We're still in front, which is better than trying to catch up."
Anderson will miss start: Because of Thursday's off-day, pitcher Brian Anderson will skip a turn, according to Brenly. But he could still see action in the bullpen because the left-hander threw only three-plus innings against the Giants on Sunday at Pacific Bell Park.
Fantasy Edge: Any fantasy leaguer who picked up third baseman Craig Counsell had to love the man's first-half stats, but he's still out with herniated neck disks and only time will tell if he'll play this season. "We're in a wait-and-see mode," said Brenly. "Probably within the next week or 10 days it will be the appropriate time to see if there has been enough improvement to realistically think he can come back and play. It's a day-to-day thing."
Rich Draper covers the Diamondbacks for MLB.com. He can be reached at email@example.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.