ST. PETERSBURG -- D-backs pitcher Edwin Jackson walked into the clubhouse early Saturday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised to see a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne sitting in his locker.
The sender? Good friend and former teammate, Rays pitcher James Shields.
"If it was him, I'd feel the same way," Jackson said. "He's a good friend of mine and I would feel just as happy for him."
Jackson said he spent time with his parents for part of Friday night, following the record-breaking no-hit performance and then stayed out with friends "until around 3:30 a.m." Jackson said: "[I] got more sleep than I thought I would and woke up earlier than I thought I would.
"It was definitely a fun night, though, and well worth it."
Jackson, who did close to 15 separate interviews from Friday until Saturday, said the no-hitter still doesn't seem real.
"I watched a few highlights and it's all just surreal," Jackson said. "I'm just looking at it and saying, 'Really, really?'"
For Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew, who was on the other side of a no-hitter when the D-backs were held hitless by Florida's Anibal Sanchez on Sept. 6, 2006, it was special to play behind a teammate accomplishing the feat.
"It was one of those things where you don't really start thinking about it until it gets late in the game," said Drew, who ended the game with a throw to first on a grounder by the Rays' Jason Bartlett. "You just start positioning yourself in a way where hits can't get through. It was a special feeling to be a part of something like that."
Jackson makes his pitches count in no-no
ST. PETERSBURG -- All of the talk a day after Edwin Jackson's no-hitter focused on pitches, pitches and more pitches.
In fact, D-backs manager A.J. Hinch, who played parts of seven Major League seasons from 1998-04 as a catcher with the Athletics, Royals, Tigers and Phillies, couldn't recall ever having caught a pitcher who reached a pitch count of 140.
"Maybe a few into the 130s but never anyone into the 140s," Hinch said.
It hasn't happened much in modern-day baseball, as organizations cater to preservation more than anything else with pitchers. Since 2000, Jackson is one of four pitchers to throw at least 149 pitches in a game, joining the Nationals' Livan Hernandez, who threw 150 against the Marlins in 2005, the D-backs' Randy Johnson, who tossed 149 against the Expos in 2002 and the Reds' Ron Villone, who fired 150 against the Cardinals in 2000.
Wild but in control
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For Hall of Fame pitchers like Nolan Ryan, who averaged 232 innings a year in his Major League-record 27 seasons, Jackson's outing resembled something from the past.
"In the old days throwing that many pitches was a normal game," said Ryan, who tossed a record seven no-hitters. "As far as the walks, you see that on occasion. It's not necessarily by design, but sometimes a pitcher pitches carefully to a hitter in key situations and you end up walking an extra three or four hitters. But it was an impressive performance."
In fact, Jackson's 149 pitches were the most ever in a no-hitter and the most by any pitcher since Hernandez's 150 on June 3, 2005. Before Jackson's record-setting performance, Johnson had the highest pitch count in a no-hitter with 138 during the first of his two career no-hitters with the Mariners.
While much discussion was made of Jackson's pitch count, Hinch noted before Saturday's contest the special quality possessed by the 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander.
"I mean, Edwin Jackson is a guy who is built to withstand that more so than a lot of other pitchers," Hinch said.
Jackson commented on how his path to the Majors as an outfielder could have played a role in him lasting so long.
"I haven't been a pitcher my whole life, so I don't have those innings," said Jackson, who was drafted by the Dodgers as an outfielder in 2001 and was quickly converted into a pitcher. "I didn't have a lot of innings under my belt. There's a lot more guys in this clubhouse who have a lot more innings than I do, through high school, through college. I didn't really start pitching until 2002, 2003, so I don't have that stress on my arm."
Jackson's strength and recovery played a big role in him being able to last 132 pitches during the 2009 season, while with the Tigers in a 4-3 victory over the Rangers. He was able to make his next start five days later and, while he gave up four runs (two earned) in a 89-pitch outing against the Royals, he followed it up with two consecutive wins that included 100-plus pitches, one lasting eight innings and the next a complete game.
"Everybody's different, everybody's body reacts differently to different things, one person's pain might not be someone else's, everybody reacts different," Jackson said.
While Hinch used his experience as a catcher to gauge how long he kept Jackson in the game on Friday, he knows how unique a situation it is and will err on the side of caution with his next start.
"Edwin's a strong athlete but it's an accumulated issue more than a case by case issue," Hinch said. "These guys aren't machines. There's all sorts of issues that arise over time and that's more of the decision is how much are we accumulating on these guys over time. It's not necessarily his next start you worry about or the next start after that, it's an accumulated strategy to maintain his health."
Hinch said that with the off-day coming after the six-game road trip next Thursday, it will allow the team to give Jackson two extra days before his next start.
"We haven't decided definitely but we are looking at a lot of options," Hinch said. "More than likely, we'll give him an extra day or two. He's scheduled to start on Wednesday so if we make the decision to push him back a day, we'll actually push him back two days to that Friday or Saturday against the Dodgers. So, we have that luxury going in. So, we'll see how the next couple of games go but we're definitely leaning that way."
Drew, Montero both nursing injuries
ST. PETERSBURG -- Shortstop Stephen Drew said he feels sore but "is OK" after twisting his left knee a bit on a single in the sixth inning of Friday's game.
"I'll just need to rest it a bit," said Drew, who didn't play in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said that Drew has been "nursing a little bit of a sore knee" and "has been getting treatment" over the past week or so but should be fine.
"He's out of the lineup in favor of Tony [Abreu] more so because [Rays left-hander David Price] is pitching," Hinch said.
Hinch also said that catcher Miguel Montero has some back soreness and would rest a few days as well.
Chris Girandola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.