PITTSBURGH -- D-backs right-hander Brandon Webb, who had a scheduled throwing session pushed back a day, worked off a bullpen mound at PNC Park on Saturday.
"It went good," Webb reported. "Long, I got up and down a few times and ended up with like 82 to 85 pitches. It was similar to and ended up about as good as the session in Cincinnati [on Tuesday]. It took me as long as it did in Colorado [on Sept. 11] to get there though. In Cincinnati I got there real quick and was able to get a lot out of it, but it took a lot for me today to get to where I wanted to be, to be productive. That's why I threw so many pitches, 30 or 35 more than I did in Cincinnati. I got to where I needed to be and the curveball was good, and I threw a few changeups. [I] worked [with] some hitters, if I walked the first guy [I threw] from the stretch, and did some stuff like that."
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson is giving his hurler every opportunity to get back into game shape.
"He threw 82 pitches," Gibson said. "He actually went further than we thought he would go, and he stuck with it. Right now we've decided that he's going to throw a touch and feel [session] on Tuesday. Then he''ll get out on the mound on the field on Wednesday, and we'll get him loosened up and see if he recovers like he has been and then we'll get some hitters in there."
Webb is still recovering from right shoulder surgery in August 2009 and has not pitched since Opening Day '09. He would like to get in a game this season, but the D-backs only have 14 games remaining.
"No doubt, that's my goal," Webb explained. "If I'm not trying to do that, I'm not even going to throw. That's the goal even if it's the last game of the season, whatever I can get would be good, at least go out there and be competitive for a little bit. I know we're getting close."
Drew finding groove down the stretch
PITTSBURGH -- Shortstop Stephen Drew extended his hitting streak to eight games with a three-hit game in Friday night's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh. It was his fourth multihit game in his past five.
Over a longer stretch, Drew has hit safely in 19 of his past 22 games, going 35-for-94 (.372) with nine doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs. His batting average, .280, is the highest it has been in three months.
"I haven't done anything different," Drew said. "I'm just seeing the ball well, and putting some good swings on some pitches and getting in good counts."
Drew is one of three shortstops -- joining Minnesota's Zoilo Versalles and the Mets' Jose Reyes -- with three consecutive seasons of double-figure doubles, triples and home runs.
"It's kind of an honor to be mentioned with those guys," Drew said. "It's one of those things where your doubles and triples kind of fall in place, it just depends on where you're hitting them. I think doubles happen more than triples, and when you are kind of a line-drive hitter, I think it all falls into place."
Gerardo Parra continued his dominance over the Pirates on Friday night by going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two doubles. In his brief two-year career, Parra has a .405 batting average (15-for-37) with two home runs and nine RBIs against the Pirates and a .450 average (9-for-20) with two RBIs at PNC Park. ... The D-backs have used a club-record 28 pitchers this season, snapping the previous record of 26 pitchers in 2007.
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.