05/08/12 8:28 PM ET
D-backs vow to 'power through' early struggles
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
"We're not far away, you have to keep it in perspective," he said. "But we have to take control of it. There are no excuses. We stick together, come out here with a good attitude, positive energy and tonight might be the night."
The D-backs were also 14-16 last season and dropped to 15-22 before winning 15 of their next 17 contests. But despite the positives, it doesn't mean the club isn't getting restless.
"Everybody gets frustrated," Gibson said. "We haven't played well, and nobody is happy with that. We've lost some games recently where we've made some mistakes and it has cost us dearly. Everybody is trying hard. But you can't start feeling sorry for yourself because we haven't been as successful as we want to be. The only way to get out of it is to power through it."
The D-backs were out on the field 40 minutes early Tuesday to try to correct and work on things in the batting cage.
"We're a good team, we have a good makeup and we'll get on track," Gibson said. "Right now we're scuffling, but there's a very good determination around the clubhouse."
Bullpen session a positive step for Hudson
PHOENIX -- D-backs starter Daniel Hudson threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since landing on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement on April 21.
The 25-year-old's bullpen session consisted of 30 pitches of mostly fastballs and a handful of breaking balls.
"It felt good," Hudson said. "They just told me to stop, but I wanted to keep going. One more step closer. I feel like I could be out there tomorrow, but it's a slow process. I want to make sure everything is right."
Hudson reported no soreness in his shoulder afterward, but the club will wait to see how he feels tomorrow before scheduling his next outing.
"If that's good, he'll throw a bullpen [session] in two days, then in three days he'll throw live," manager Kirk Gibson said. "If he doesn't feel so good, we'll do two bullpens."
Tuesday was an important step in the right-hander's recovery process, as throwing off an elevated surface creates different challenges for the arm compared with flat ground.
"You never know what's going to happen," Hudson said. "There are some bad thoughts going through your mind. Like what if something goes wrong? But it went well, so it's a huge positive."
Gibson said once Hudson does return to the rotation, he might have to make adjustments to his warmups to help better stay healthy.
"I just think that the way he does certain exercises, he needs a better technique on them now," Gibson said.
Hudson was 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA before heading to the DL for the first time in his career. In his last start on April 18, he held the Pirates to two earned runs over 7 2/3 innings.
"I'm trying to be as positive as possible and take little steps," he said. "I did everything that [the trainers] told me to do. I trust those guys to get me back to where I need to be."
Confident Ransom rolling at plate for D-backs
PHOENIX -- In his 10th Major League season, D-backs infielder Cody Ransom has already set a career high in RBIs and tied his best home run mark for a season.
The kicker is that the 36-year-old has done all of the damage in just 10 games in 2012.
Ransom had a career-high 79 at-bats with the Yankees in 2009. He entered Tuesday with 37 this season.
The veteran hasn't gotten to experience the responsibilities of playing every day, but if he continues his torrid pace, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson won't have a choice but to give him consistent nods.
With Ransom batting .351 with four homers and 12 RBIs entering Tuesday, Gibson admitted it has been hard to take him out of the lineup.
"He's much more comfortable here, he's got experience here," Gibson said. "He's comfortable around the guys and confident. If you look at his body over the years, he takes care of himself. He's a very good athlete, actually. People don't realize that. He's gotten on a good roll, he's seeing the ball well and has a good thing going on."
Even though Ransom delivered two hits Monday against the Cardinals, including a two-run homer into Friday's Front Row in the upper deck of left field in the sixth inning, the veteran instead focused on his strikeouts in his other three at-bats.
"It doesn't look big, I struck out three times," Ransom said when asked if the ball looks bigger to him this season. "Sometimes I'm pretty bad. I need to do a better job in certain situations."
That mentality of always wanting to improve is part of the reason the D-backs signed Ransom before last season.
"It tells you a little bit about him," Gibson said. "He's got a pretty good makeup. He likes the game as well. He doesn't let the frustration get to him. He was excellent for us in Triple-A last year with real good leadership."
Willie Bloomquist, who left Monday's game after tweaking his knee while making a play in the field, was not in the lineup Tuesday, but manager Kirk Gibson said he's available to pinch-hit if needed.
Shortstop Stephen Drew played five innings in an extended spring training game Tuesday, going 2-for-5 with an RBI triple. He will next play Thursday and Saturday.
With an off-day Thursday, the D-backs could skip a spot in the rotation, but as of now, Gibson said he would like to stay in order.