Notes: Another chance for Green
Callup hopes to bring red-hot play to the Majors
PHOENIX -- Andy Green has done this before. He knows about life in a Major League clubhouse and what it's like to face big league pitching.
After one go-around in the Majors and an MVP season in Triple-A, Green is confident his second stint with the Diamondbacks will go more smoothly than the first.
"I feel a lot better prepared this year than I did last year," said Green, who was one of four players added to Arizona's roster before Friday's game. "Last year, [when] I came up here, I was a rookie and had absolutely no idea what I was getting into, like most people coming up. To know what I'm getting into and to be in a situation where I feel I can help the team make the playoff run, it's exciting."
The 28-year-old Green, who is in his sixth season of professional baseball, hit .202 in 46 games with Arizona last year. But Green posted stellar numbers for Triple-A Tucson this year, earning the Pacific Coast League MVP on Thursday.
While playing in the shadow of top prospects Conor Jackson and Carlos Quentin, Green enjoyed one of the best seasons in all of professional baseball. He led all Minor Leaguers in runs (125) and hits (182), and he also led the PCL in doubles (46), triples (13) and extra-base hits (78) while batting .343 for the Sidewinders.
"Obviously that's not the goal you have in mind [to start the season] in Minor League baseball. Your goal is to get here, but when your managers and the media, they recognize you for what you've done, that's nice," Green said.
While playing time might be sparse for Green -- manager Bob Melvin has had a tough enough time working Alex Cintron into the lineup -- his versatility will certainly help him get on the field. Predominantly a second baseman, Green also can play shortstop and third base. He played about 50 games in the outfield for Tucson as well.
"The one thing about him is he can play just about anywhere," Melvin said. "He really could play any of the outfield positions and probably anywhere [on the infield] but first base, and you could probably stick him over there if you had to."
Get your mind right: Brian Bruney was recalled from Tucson on Friday after a two-week stint in the Minors. Bruney, who recorded a 7.60 ERA in 46 games with the Diamondbacks, was sent to Triple-A on Aug. 19 so he could pitch under less pressure after enduring a slump in which he lost his spot as closer.
"I was just pitching with the wrong mentality," Bruney said. "It's just a kind of cocky attitude. I think everybody needs that no matter what position they play. It's a baseball attitude."
Bruney gave up just one run in four outings with the Sidewinders, but the team wasn't concerned with results as much as him regaining confidence.
"When you've been at the big league level for most of the season, you've been in a closer's role here for a period of time, you have to get over the disappointment of going down," Melvin said. "We really don't look at numbers so much with him as just a guy who had to get a little confidence back and get back up here, and I think the break will probably do him good."
Another familiar face: Koyie Hill was also added to the roster Friday as the catcher begins his third stint with the Diamondbacks this season. Hill was on Arizona's Opening Day roster and split time with Chris Snyder, but he was sent down in late May so the team could have more of a veteran presence behind the plate with Kelly Stinnett.
Although Melvin is uncertain about how many starts Hill will receive, the addition of a third catcher to the roster will give the manager more flexibility if he wants to pinch-hit for one of the backstops early in the game.
"We'll just see what that particular day holds and how guys are swinging, and what the matchups are and where we think the best course of action is for any particular day," Melvin said. "It's just kind of a wait-and-see thing, but it's certainly nice to have three catchers where if we have to hit for someone early in the game, we still have an option for whoever that third guy might be."
Ready to rumble: Oscar Villarreal was activated from the 60-day disabled list, supplying the Arizona bullpen with an extra arm. Villarreal appeared in only two games this season before going down with a rotator cuff injury.
His Minor League rehab ended last week, so the righty has been waiting for the post-Sept. 1 roster expansion period so he could be activated and pitch with the big club again.
"He's pitched quite a bit down there so it's been a long time since the big leagues, but he has pitched multiple innings down there," Melvin said. "He has started some games -- he wasn't going four or five innings -- but he was throwing multiple pitches where he can get his pitch count up. Wherever we see him, whether it's in a long role, whether we like a matchup with him, our bullpen has never been in a state where, 'This is your role, this is your role.'"
Rotation shuffle: The Diamondbacks have a day off Monday after their weekend series with the Giants, so Melvin has elected to skip rookie Brad Halsey's place in the rotation.
Halsey pitched on three days' rest Wednesday and has already thrown 158 innings in his first full season in the Majors.
"He's still a young kid who's going to be a starter for us for quite some time, we feel," Melvin said. "We just want to take him back just a hair because we feel the innings and what he's done for us here of late [are adding up]. We're just going to skip a start. I don't know when we're going to fit him in yet."
Javier Vazquez, Brandon Webb and Claudio Vargas will pitch in Arizona's three-game series in Pittsburgh that starts Tuesday.
On deck: Arizona will continue its series with rival San Francisco on Saturday at Bank One Ballpark. Vargas (8-7, 5.05 ERA) will start against Noah Lowry (11-11, 3.68 ERA).
Daniel Blank is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.