09/08/10 9:59 PM ET
D-backs help those in need Wednesday
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
"I encouraged the whole thing," Gibson said. "I think it reminded them of how fortunate they are, I think it keeps you humble. I like people who are givers. It shouldn't be something that's hard to do, for any of us. If it is, then it scares me."
Gibson is unsure whether the club will bring him back next year, but he knows that if they do, there will be more visits like the one on Wednesday.
"If I'm back here next year, we'll do a lot more stuff like that," he said. "We'll have a presence regularly at different places. We could probably make it into something really, really special."
Zach Kroenke, Barry Enright, John Hester, Esmerling Vasquez, Sam Demel, Tony Abreu, Rusty Ryal, Carlos Rosa and Jordan Norberto were among the players who went along with a number of D-backs front office staffers.
Webb feels good after throwing again
PHOENIX -- The roller coaster rehabilitation ride of Brandon Webb continued Wednesday as the D-backs right-hander came out of a bullpen session feeling encouraged.
Webb estimated he threw 50-60 pitches in the batting cage with trainer Ken Crenshaw standing in against him.
"The movement on it was the best I've had by far," Webb said referring to his signature sinking fastball that helped him win the 2006 National League Cy Young Award. "I was like, 'Those are nasty.' Location was really good, threw a lot of strikes. It was really encouraging today."
It was the third such session for Webb, who faced hitters in a simulated game Aug. 28 in San Francisco and again Sept. 3 at Chase Field. Both of those came on the field, but after he struggled mightily with his command and lasted just 35 or so pitches in the Sept. 3 session, he decided to pitch in the batting cage this time around.
"I think this might be the best one so far including San Francisco," Webb said. "Figured out a couple of things, just kept it real simple mechanics-wise. I got going and I was like, 'Dude, I don't want to stop. I just want to keep going.' I threw probably at least 20 more [pitches] than I was going to."
Webb, who is still trying to come back from shoulder surgery last August has not pitched in a game since Opening Day 2009.
Webb has already given up on returning as a starter this year and at this point, he said he would settle for getting one appearance over the next few weeks.
"I'm still planning on getting some kind of action," Webb said.
Webb is likely to throw another session in the cage this weekend while the team is in Denver.
Gibson feeling better after scorpion sting
PHOENIX -- One day after being stung by a scorpion while putting on his riding shorts, D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson got back up on the bike.
Gibson went for a mountain bike ride Wednesday morning, but not before he "shook those shorts out, you bet."
Gibson's left thigh was still numb in the area where he was stung Tuesday and he cast a wary eye around his house.
"I rode today," he said of a mountain trail near his home. "I probably passed thousands of them waving at me and going, 'Gotcha.'"
And as for the scorpion that stung him Tuesday?
"He's gone, trust me," Gibson said with a smile. "They're all paying their tribute to them."
Mark Reynolds was back in the starting lineup after missing a pair of games with a bone bruise below his right thumb. Interim manager Kirk Gibson consulted with head athletic trainer Ken Crenshaw on the decision. "I don't know that anybody is 100 percent at this point in the season," Gibson said. "But he wants to play and I talked to Ken and we feel like it's calmed down quite a bit." ... Young pitchers Ian Kennedy, Barry Enright and Daniel Hudson are all entering uncharted territory pitching into late September for the first time after already pitching for five months as the Minor League season ends in early September. A strength program, though, has helped the trio maintain their effectiveness. "They really understand now what the routine is," Gibson said. "They're committed. Those guys want to push themselves, I believe, so they are ready if we are in San Francisco's shoes next year, they're going to be able to stand up to it."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.