DENVER -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson has been impressed so far with rookie outfielder Adam Eaton, but Gibson would like to see Eaton not put so much pressure on himself with runners in scoring position.
"You can tell he presses a little bit in those situations," Gibson said. "It's something he's got to get better at. I know he can do it. I've watched him. He did it for [Triple-A] Reno this year, as well. It's a mentality. That's kind of a thing that will come with his comfort and understanding the league more. If you guys watch him, how many games do you see him go 0-2 to lead off a game and then go 3-2 and walk? That's a different at-bat than you saw with men in scoring position. He's pressing a little bit in those situations."
Eaton is hitting .246 overall with a .380 on-base percentage overall. With runners in scoring position he is just 2-for-15, but he has drawn five walks for a .381 on-base percentage.
When telling Eaton or any other player not to put pressure on themselves or get frustrated by failure, Gibson can't help but note the irony given his intense makeup during his playing days.
"I'm telling them to not take it too hard and not show it too hard, and yet I was the worst of all time," Gibson said. "I do tell him that. I understand that, like, you need to start preparing for the next opportunity. Don't beat yourself up. In the end, I learned to say, 'Geez, that's not like you. You usually succeed in those situations.' Kind of put a picture in your mind, imprint success in those situations, so the next time you come up you're of that belief instead of the belief after getting done breaking two bats and a helmet."
Young hopeful for 2012 return from quad strain
DENVER -- D-backs outfielder Chris Young ran some sprints prior to batting practice Monday and is hopeful of being back on the field before the end of the season, if his strained right quadriceps allows.
Young hurried back from the strain and his comeback lasted all of one play as he aggravated it running down a fly ball on the first play of the game.
"It kind of gives you a sign that you don't want to rush it so you try to be smart, but at the same time you want to get back on the field," Young said. "I'm just trying to be a little smarter about things than I have been in the past. It's actually weird for me because I'm used to coming back and pushing through some pain and playing through some things and this is the first time that I haven't been able to run through it or just tough it out per se, because it just didn't allow me to do it. It's a different experience for me."
With Adam Eaton pushing for playing time in an already crowded outfield and Young due $10 million in 2013, there has been speculation that the D-backs will trade Young in the offseason.
Young has heard it, but he's done his best to tune it out and focus on getting back on the field.
"I understand how the game works, I've seen things happen," Young said. "I've been here a long time and I've seen guys go in and out and teams make moves. It's part of the game and it's something you've got to be able to deal with. I just think about the great times that have happened while I've been here, the postseason runs, the teammates, the coaching staffs, the relationships I've gained and continue to try and build on that. Going into the offseason mentally I'm going to still be here and I plan on coming back here. If something changes then I'll deal with it if that moment comes."
Third baseman Chris Johnson was out of the lineup Monday after being hit in the left hand by a pitch in Sunday's game. X-rays of the hand were negative and Johnson had a heavy wrap on the hand.
"It's a little sore today," Johnson said. "We've had it wrapped up, tried to treat it a couple of times today to get the swelling out of there. Then when the swelling gets out of there we can see how sore it is. It's just day to day. Hopefully in a couple of days I'll be ready to go."
Outfielder Gerardo Parra jammed his right hand sliding into home plate in Friday night's game. He swung Monday for the first time since the injury happened and seemed to be all right.
Second baseman Aaron Hill was out of the lineup Monday with an upper respiratory flu that has been going around the clubhouse.
Third base coach Matt Williams was stricken with a case of the stomach flu following Sunday's game, but despite manager Kirk Gibson's offer to give him the night off, Williams insisted on being in the third-base coaching box.