SAN DIEGO -- D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson put his team through a refresher course of sorts on Thursday night.
The D-backs had a two-hour workout at PETCO Park after arriving in San Diego during which pitchers had fielding practice, the team went over bunt plays, took infield and outfield, ran the bases and took batting practice.
"We just ran through a lot of stuff and tried to refresh ourselves and put them through all the game movements," Gibson said.
Gibson, who took over for A.J. Hinch on July 1, also emphasized some attitude changes he wanted to see his players make after finishing the first half of the season 34-55.
"I expect them to come out and erase what's happened in the first half," Gibson said. "We've got to go out and play with urgency, and we have to be determined not to duplicate what we just did. I told them I was going to push them hard, and they're welcome to push back, but I don't really care."
Hard as it may seem to believe given their record, the D-backs were picked by many to compete for the National League West title, something Gibson reminded them of.
"The way we played the first half I don't think anyone would say is who we are, at least we don't want to admit that's who we are," he said. "We have to fight against that urge to get complacent and just play the season out. That's not something that I would be comfortable with."
Webb hopes to make six starts this year
SAN DIEGO -- Please, no more questions for Brandon Webb regarding when he will pitch in his first game since injuring his shoulder Opening Day of last season.
"I can't tell you for sure, I can only say hopefully," Webb said on Friday. "We'll just have to keep playing it out. Nothing is ever set in stone ever since we started Spring Training, so we're just rolling with the punches and whatever I'm able to do, I do and I take that each day."
Webb hopes he will make six or so starts this year, which would mean he would need to come back around Aug. 15. Is that realistic?
"I think it still is," he said. "I hope to get that many starts, if it's fewer, it's fewer, we'll just deal with it."
Webb's last bullpen session came on the Saturday before the All-Star break, and he had an intense long-toss session Friday that was upwards of 250 yards.
Throwing at that distance not only builds arm strength, but it forces him to generate the kind of arm speed that he needs to regain before he gets on the mound. With that in mind, pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. has changed the focus from throwing bullpens to playing long toss.
"He thinks I'm getting more out of that than being on the mound, so we're going to try to do long toss every other day and maybe get off the mound after some of those," Webb said. "As soon as I get done with that and throw 60 feet my arm feels really good."
While Webb is making progress, it's not nearly going fast enough for his liking.
"I feel like I've been as patient as anyone can possibly be," Webb said. "It's tough, it's been real tough to sit on the sidelines for almost two years. I'm impatiently being patient."
Break helps Reynolds get fully healthy
SAN DIEGO -- The few days off for the All-Star break certainly did D-backs third baseman Mark Reynolds a lot of good.
First, there was that nagging right quadriceps injury that bothered him since Spring Training.
"Finally back to 100 percent," he said. "No pain there."
What about the left hand that he injured taking extra hacks in the cage trying to figure out his swing?
"That's gone now," he said.
How about the back he tweaked the week before the All-Star Game?
"Good," he said. "No problem. Everything's back."
Like a number of his teammates, Reynolds spent the four-day break on Coronado Island with his family hanging out by the pool and walking the beach.
The rest helped him physically, but it also helped him mentally, and he seemed rejuvenated prior to Friday night's game against the Padres.
"You're back at zero with everything," he said. "I'm not going to worry about my average, what I'm hitting, how many strikeouts I have. I'm just not going to worry about it and take each at-bat for what it is. If there's a guy on third try to hit a fly ball. If we need to move a runner, I'll do that. If we need a base hit, I'll do that."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.