PHOENIX -- Time is running out for Brandon Webb to see any game action and the D-backs' ace has given up on the notion of starting a game this year.
"I think starting is now out of the question," he said. "Starting is unrealistic."
Instead, Webb will focus on trying to return as a reliever this year and get whatever innings he can that way.
Right now, though, he's still got some work to do before he's ready to pitch in relief. Webb threw a bullpen session when the team was in New York last weekend, but he has been shut down from throwing them for the time being.
Webb said he was told that he will get more out of playing long toss than throwing bullpens, so that's what he's going to do for the next couple of weeks.
"My arm feels good, but in order to face some batters, I need to get some more velocity," he said. "That's the only thing that is standing in my way right now. I feel like if I get my velocity, if I throw a couple of 'pens and a couple of simulated games, it'll be right around Sept. 1 and no Minor Leagues are going to be playing, they'll be done. I'll have to throw out of the 'pen here."
Webb will not be with the team on its upcoming road trip as he returns home to Kentucky due to an illness in his family. He will continue to long toss there, playing catch with his father, Philip.
Webb will be a free agent at season's end and he knows that if he doesn't throw some innings this year, he will have to throw for interested teams during the offseason, much like Ben Sheets did before signing with the A's this past winter.
Two days after beaning, Reynolds sits
PHOENIX -- Mark Reynolds is a tough guy, but he may have been a little too tough for his own good.
The D-backs third baseman talked his way into Wednesday's starting lineup one day after being hit in the head by a 95-mph fastball. Reynolds fanned three times and was forced to leave the game in the seventh inning when it became obvious he was still suffering effects of the beaning.
"I felt fine all day," Reynolds said. "Felt good in BP. About the sixth or seventh inning, I just didn't feel myself. Kind of felt it throughout the game, I was missing pitches I would normally crush and the game just kind of sped up for me."
Reynolds was not in Thursday's lineup and likely will be off Friday as well, though, he could still wind up pinch-hitting.
"The doctor said sometimes when you get trauma to your head, it takes a couple of days for the cobwebs to clear out a little bit and feel normal again," he said. "So I'm just going to relax and try to get back to normal before I go back out there again."
Reynolds said the doctors told him that he did not suffer a concussion.
Arizona interim manager Kirk Gibson was asked if he regretted putting Reynolds in the lineup Wednesday.
"I don't because with all the information he tested out fine," Gibson said.
Thursday, Reynolds did not try to talk his way into the lineup.
"I'm still dealing with something new," he said. "I feel normal, but the doctor said head injuries are tricky, so I'm just going to take it day by day and see if I get better."
Carrasco willing to start next year
PHOENIX -- If the D-backs are looking for a starting pitcher next year, D.J. Carrasco would like to throw his hat in the ring.
"In a perfect world if they have a spot that's up for competition, then I'd love to compete for that," Carrasco said. "But if it's not, I'm fine with being in the bullpen."
The right-handed reliever, who was acquired by the D-backs just prior to the Trade Deadline to bolster a struggling bullpen, has wanted to start the past few seasons, but his effectiveness in the bullpen has made teams reluctant to move him.
"Personally, I'd like to start, but not if it's not going to help the organization," Carrasco said.
A free agent last offseason, he thought when he signed with the Pirates that he would get a chance to be in the rotation. That did not happen and he made 45 appearances in relief before being dealt to Arizona.
"I was just in a position last year as a free agent where that was a request I had," Carrasco said. "Obviously now the situation has changed. I'm going to be happy pitching whenever they want."
D-backs interim GM Jerry Dipoto said he had not thought that far ahead with regards to Carrasco possibly starting next year.
"What attracted us to him is his versatility in the bullpen," Dipoto said. "He can fill a variety of roles there and fill them well."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.