05/02/12 7:49 PM ET
Hernandez looking to eliminate one bad pitch
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
But when you're an eighth-inning setup man coming in with the game on the line, one pitch can make all the difference.
"It's usually just the one pitch that gets me," Hernandez said. "That's the most frustrating part about being a reliever, it's usually just that one pitch that gets you. If I can try and eliminate those pitches..."
With that in mind, Hernandez is using his breaking ball more than he did last year.
"I'm just kind of tired of getting beat with my fastball, I guess," Hernandez said. "I just feel like I have to throw it and change it up a little bit. One of the reasons I'm throwing my breaking ball more is because I feel like it's a tougher pitch to hit out."
The D-backs were ahead, 2-1, when Hernandez came on to face the Marlins in the eighth inning last weekend in Miami.
After Hernandez fell behind in the count 2-1, he threw a 95-mph fastball that Logan Morrison hit over the wall in right to tie the game.
Hernandez then settled in to strike out the next three hitters.
"It's even worse when you give up the home run and then you strike out the next three guys," Hernandez said. "It just reaffirms to me that I do have the stuff. It's just trying to eliminate that one pitch."
Gibson: I'd have pulled Jackson during no-no
WASHINGTON -- If Kirk Gibson had been managing the D-backs instead of A.J. Hinch, Edwin Jackson likely would not have thrown a no-hitter on June 25, 2010.
Hinch, who was dismissed a week later along with general manager Josh Byrnes, had to make a difficult decision in that game.
While Jackson did have a no-hitter going, he also walked eight, so his pitch count was very high. In fact, he finished with a whopping 149 pitches.
Jackson's name was brought up to Gibson, because the right-hander, who is now with the Nationals, started against Arizona on Wednesday night.
"You know what I remember about that game?" Gibson said. "When A.J. asked me in the seventh inning, what should I do? I said, 'I'd take him out.' I would have never let him go that far. It's dangerous. If I were the manager at the time, I would have pulled him."
The outing did not seem to damage Jackson's arm, as he has stayed healthy since.
True, he did have a 7.24 ERA in the month of July, but he had his share of struggles before that as well, and he compiled a 1.47 ERA in August.
"Edwin is, in all honesty, he is a very unique athlete," Gibson said. "He's elite. He did OK after it, but it did have an effect on him. You're thinking about one game here. I would assume it would have a negative effect on the future, at some point. The thing you would worry about is if he blew his shoulder out or something like that."
Gibson said he would not allow a young pitcher like Wade Miley to throw 130 pitches in pursuit of a no-hitter, but might allow a veteran like Ian Kennedy or Joe Saunders to do so.
Injured shortstop Stephen Drew is slated to play three innings in an extended spring game against the Cubs on Thursday. Drew is still recovering from a fractured right ankle.
Injured starter Daniel Hudson has been playing catch recently, and manager Kirk Gibson said he feels good.
Injured outfielder Chris Young had a workout day Wednesday and will be back to hitting balls of a tee Thursday.
Injured reliever Takashi Saito is throwing off flat ground. The right-hander suffered a setback a couple of weeks ago in his recovery from an injured calf.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.