08/22/10 5:00 PM ET
Montero clears the air with Kennedy
By Andrew Pentis / MLB.com
Webb still hopes to pitch this season
PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Brandon Webb is still hoping to pitch this season."If it's one time or 10, whatever I can get," an upbeat Webb said before the D-backs' Sunday afternoon game. "I'll pitch the last game if it's what I can get." And that would be strictly as a short-spurt reliever. Webb, who last pitched on Opening Day 2009 and underwent right shoulder surgery last summer, reasoned that he would need a minimum of two simulated games before pitching in a Major League game. "Throw me out in the 'pen," Webb said. "What am I going to hurt?" While there have been hiccups in his rehab this season, Webb resumed throwing in flat-ground and bullpen sessions during a trip home last week to mourn the loss of his grandfather in Ashland, Ken. While there, Webb said he threw to his dad sans catcher gear in a Church gymnasium and at MLB umpire Greg Gibson's baseball facility. Webb, who returned to the club on Tuesday, was transferred from 15-day disabled list the to the 60-day DL on April 17.
Top prospect Allen gets time in outfield
PHOENIX -- Don't read anything into Brandon Allen, the D-backs' top power-hitting prospect, playing left field -- not his usual first base -- for Triple-A Reno."We're just maximizing his value," director of player development Mike Berger said of Allen, who has committed just one error in 28 games at the corner-outfield spot. "He's doing a good job in left field. ... Nothing as far a position change." Allen (.263, 23 home runs and 74 RBIs through 97 games), Arizona's fourth-best prospect entering the season according to Baseball America, is one of a handful of players likely to be called up on or soon after Sept. 1 -- when active rosters increase from 25 to 40 players. Allen would figure to earn more playing time in left field, given the D-backs are set with Adam LaRoche at first for the stretch run. Other position-player candidates include outfielder Cole Gillespie and infielders Ryan Roberts and Tony Abreu, all of whom have seen action at the Major League level this season. D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson said he will discuss with interim general manager Jerry Dipoto and Reno manager Brett Butler the various options in the days leading up to Sept. 1. "Those guys will probably do a lot of the homework on that," Gibson said, "and come to me and we'll talk as a staff about what we think maybe fits for us and how it works out."
Entering Sunday, the D-backs had committed at least one error in six straight games. "You're going to make your errors," interim manager Kirk Gibson said. "The Yankees are pretty good; they make mistakes." ... Gibson on the retirement announced Sunday of Cubs skipper Lou Piniella: "Lou's had a great career from way back in his playing days. He's been colorful and good for the game, and he seems like he's done now."
Andrew Pentis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.