Webb to meet with Towers to determine future
Rehabbing starter wants to pitch in one of Arizona's final games
PHOENIX -- Forget about the simulated game he threw Saturday at Chase Field. The biggest factor in whether Brandon Webb gets into a game this season will be how Webb's Monday meeting goes with new general manager Kevin Towers.
Webb threw around 35 pitches Saturday, half from the windup and half from the stretch, and declared himself ready to pitch in a Major League game.
"From my standpoint, I feel I'm good to go," Webb said. "Obviously, I'm not in midseason form. I think once I get into a real game, the adrenaline would carry me that much farther."
Webb said he will sit down with Towers, who was hired last week and is in San Diego this weekend tying up some loose ends, on Monday in Phoenix before the team departs on its season-ending road trip.
"I know I'm not 100 percent," Webb said. "I don't think I need to be 100 percent, midseason form to go out there. So hopefully we can see eye-to-eye on that and do it. I'm looking forward to sitting down and talking about it with them Monday."
Webb will be a free agent at the end of the season and obviously would like to show teams that he is on the road to recovery from shoulder surgery last August. He has not pitched in a game since Opening Day 2009. He was asked if he thought the team was less inclined to get him in a game and help him increase his value for next year.
"Possibly," he said. "I don't know. That's what we'll get out of Monday. Just get their feeling for what they have in store for me."
Jammed right thumb keeps Reynolds off field
PHOENIX -- Mark Reynolds was absent from Saturday's starting lineup after exiting Friday's game early with an injury.
The D-backs' third baseman aggravated his jammed right thumb during his seventh-inning at-bat, a popup to second base. Reynolds had four hits in his previous 57 at-bats, shrinking his season batting average to .199.
Arizona interim manager Kirk Gibson said he was unaware of the severity of Reynolds' recurring mishap.
"He wants to play," Gibson said. "I've asked him constantly. He says, 'No, I'm fine.'
"You get to the end of the season, everything starts piling up on you in your whole body."
Right fielder Justin Upton (left shoulder irritation) was absent from the D-backs' starting lineup for the 10th consecutive game on Saturday. ... Catcher Miguel Montero was also out of the opening lineup for the third straight day. His wife, Vanessa, gave birth to their first child, a boy, shortly before first pitch. Relief pitcher Aaron Heilman, too, is preparing for an addition to his family on Monday, interim manager Kirk Gibson said. "We got more babies popping out of this team," Gibson said with a laugh. "This whole season has been incredible."