09/26/11 9:59 PM ET
Zagurski grateful for chance with D-backs
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Zagurski, a left-handed reliever the D-backs acquired from the Phillies last week, reported Monday night. Arizona GM Kevin Towers said the move was made more with next year in mind, with Zagurski providing some left-handed depth during Spring Training.
When his Triple-A season ended, Zagurski was designated for assignment and the D-backs acquired him for a player to be named or cash.
"I was hoping for another opportunity and I was fortunate to get one here and hopefully I'll make the most of it," Zagurski said. "Maybe get an opportunity to pitch and show what I can do and help them win. They're on the right path right now. I'm not here to try and interfere with anything they're doing, just contribute if I get a chance to get in there. If not, we'll go from there and see where it gets us."
And how about providing a scouting report on the Phillies if the D-backs face them in the NLDS?
"I'll be happy to inform of what I know," he said. "I don't know that I know much more than anybody else."
Upton held out as precaution
PHOENIX -- D-backs outfielder Justin Upton was held out of the lineup Monday, one day after being hit in the helmet by a Tim Lincecum fastball.
Upton remained in the game Sunday and scored when Miguel Montero followed the beaning with a double. Shortly thereafter, Upton began experiencing nausea and he did not go out to right field for the start of the second inning.
D-backs team physician Michael Lee said after the game that Upton passed the neurological tests that were administered and that Upton had also gone through a CT scan, which did not show any problems.
Upton took an ImPACT neurological test Monday afternoon to determine if there are any lingering effects. Each player undergoes the test during Spring Training to form a baseline result that can be compared to in cases like this.
In an original lineup emailed out by the team, Upton was in the lineup, but after batting practice concluded, the team emailed out another lineup, this one without Upton in it. A team official declined to comment on the results of the ImPACT test, saying that Upton was given an extra day off as a precaution.
"I feel fine," Upton told reporters before batting practice. "I'm going out and doing my regular pregame routine so we'll see how it goes. I always say I can play. I don't see why not. We'll see what [manager Kirk Gibson] thinks. Obviously it's more important for me to be playing on Saturday than it is now, so we'll see what he thinks and go from there."
Saturday would be Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Upton said it is the first time in his career that he has been hit in the head by a pitch, though he was hit in the head by a pickoff throw a few years ago.
"Any time a ball comes at your head, it's not exactly the funnest thing," he said. "We've gone through everything we have to go through. It's one of those things that happens in the game that you don't necessarily want to happen."
Kennedy in holding pattern for next opponent
PHOENIX -- Ian Kennedy is meticulous in preparing for his starts, which could present a bit of a problem for the right-hander when it comes to the National League Division Series.
Kennedy is expected to be the team's Game 1 starter, though nothing has been announced in that regard, and the D-backs have no idea whom they will be facing Saturday, or for that matter whether they will be at home or on the road.
If the D-backs can wrestle away the second-best record in the NL from the Brewers, they would host Games 1 and 2 against either the Braves or Brewers.
If they are not able to make up the one-game deficit -- a tie would go to the D-backs based on the season series -- Arizona would either travel to Philadelphia or Milwaukee for Games 1 and 2 depending on whether the Braves or Cardinals win the NL Wild Card.
With all those possible scenarios, Kennedy is just taking a wait-and-see approach.
"I think there's enough time," he said about preparation. "I've been paying attention to what's going on just because it's exciting, but I haven't really paid attention in that detail yet."
Kennedy has faced both the Brewers and Phillies this year, but has not gotten a look at the Braves since starting against them twice last year.
D-backs considering simulated game
PHOENIX -- The D-backs may play a simulated game Tuesday afternoon in order to get some work for position players and pitchers who have not gotten enough recently.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he had not decided yet which players and pitchers would participate in the game, but infielder Geoff Blum and newly acquired lefty Mike Zagurski will likely be among those that see action.
Blum has missed most of the season, first due to knee surgery and then due to a broken finger.
"I just want to get him at-bats," Gibson said of the switch-hitter. "I'd like to get him some at-bats right-handed."
Gibson was then asked if there's something he needs to see out of Blum in order for him to be part of the postseason roster.
"Blummer?" Gibson said. "He's on it. He's got a lot of experience. I think it's just a matter of getting him more normal repetitions."