Roberts looking to impress after callup
D-backs release Crosby to make room for young outfielder
SAN DIEGO -- This was not the way Ryan Roberts saw 2010 going.
After making the team as a non-roster invitee out of Spring Training in 2009, Roberts had a nice season for the D-backs and came into Spring Training with a roster spot all but locked up.
A poor spring, though, meant he was the final cut of camp and he has spent all but 12 games this year in Triple-A. He will get a chance to get back on the D-backs' radar over the last six weeks of the season after being recalled from Reno on Tuesday.
To make room for Roberts, the team released infielder Bobby Crosby, who had come over in the trade that sent Chris Snyder to Pittsburgh just prior to the July 31 Trade Deadline.
"This is a good opportunity to reward a guy for going down and being a good soldier," interim GM Jerry Dipoto said of Roberts. "He went down to Reno and did a good job. It's his time. It's his job to go out and prove he belongs on the 2011 roster."
Roberts said he has played all over in Triple-A including left and right fields along with third, short and second. The struggles this year have also taught him some lessons mentally.
"Not to worry so much about the small stuff and just go out there and play," Roberts said. "It's too stressful to worry about everything. Just take it day by day, game by game and really don't worry about anything else. As long as everyone in the front office and the manager go home with a good feeling about how you finished, that's the ultimate goal. Hopefully I can do enough at the end of the year that overlooks everything else."
As for Crosby, he hit just .167 in nine games since the trade.
"We've become aware that as we creep closer to September with Bobby on the roster his playing time was likely to be very limited," Dipoto said. "A veteran player and wanting to give him every opportunity we gave him the option of designating him or releasing him. He took the latter."
Kennedy, Montero back on same page
SAN DIEGO -- Not only have catcher Miguel Montero and pitcher Ian Kennedy patched up any differences they had last week, Kennedy thinks they are better off for the disagreement.
The pair were not on the same page during Kennedy's last start Friday and Montero gave a scathing critique of him to reporters following the game.
Montero apologized publicly for his comments Sunday and also talked with Kennedy one-on-one.
"I was kind of thrown off by it," Kennedy said of the critique. "I had no idea what was going on. He was really apologetic for what he said. Sometimes you have a game with catchers where you just click and you don't shake the whole game. The other day I didn't feel like I had everything. I told him I stuck to the game plan until I saw what I had and then I had to adjust.
"As a catcher, I can understand his side, I mean, we had it figured out and then I changed it. But really I changed it only because I had to do something to try and stay in the game."
Montero said he should have talked to Kennedy privately rather than air dirty laundry in public. Kennedy immediately accepted his apology.
"We talked and it was really good," Kennedy said. "Sometimes you go through something like that and it brings you closer. I think that's what will happen here."
D-backs' Taiwan trip still up in the air
SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs players have not said yet whether they would approve opening the 2011 season with a pair of games against the Giants and Taiwan.
Major League Baseball is still in negotiations with Taiwan about the games and the players from both the D-backs and Giants would have to give their approval.
D-backs player representative Ian Kennedy said he is waiting to hear back on some questions he asked the Players Association with regards to the trip.
"It's about 50-50 right now," Kennedy said of the feeling in the clubhouse. There are some guys where the answers I get to their questions might change their vote. Some guys are really positive because they want to go see another country. The guys understand it would be good for the game to promote it. If I get some of these questions answered, I will get a better feel for it."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.