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05/09/12 9:38 PM ET

Montero extension talks could reopen in season

PHOENIX -- It is possible that contract negotiations between the D-backs and catcher Miguel Montero could restart during the season.

Montero will be a free agent at the end of the season and both sides said toward the end of Spring Training that negotiations on an extension had not progressed far enough along for a deal and they would hold off talking until the end of the regular season.

CBSsports.com's Jon Heyman reported Wednesday that negotiations could begin soon.

Montero said before Wednesday's game that he had not heard anything about that.

D-backs general manager Kevin Towers, though, left the door open to the possibility.

"We agreed with Miggy and his agent that we'd give it until the end of Spring Training, and if nothing happened then, we're certainly open throughout the season if he feels like he's comfortable," Towers said. "But any negotiations that we have, both sides decided to keep it confidential."

Towers declined to say whether the club would in fact make a proposal to Montero.

"I don't want it to be a distraction for Miggy," Towers said. "If we end up coming to terms then you guys will know. If we don't, nothing ever happened. Any dialogue that we have or if it opens up again we're going to probably keep all that confidential."

Corbin excited to make home debut for D-backs

PHOENIX -- Born in upstate New York, D-backs rookie pitcher Patrick Corbin threw in front of a home-state crowd in his last start Saturday against the Mets.

But on Friday, the 22-year-old will finally get a chance to throw at his team's home stadium.

"I'm definitely excited," said Corbin, who will face the Giants in the opener of a three-game series at Chase Field. "It's good to be here. I've never thrown here before. Definitely looking forward to it. I got to see one Spring Training game here, and I've been to a couple other games, but that's it."

Corbin said he enjoyed his family watching him pitch, but it'll be nice to have the whole stadium on his side this time around, instead of just a section.

"I'm sure it'll be fun to get cheered for," he said. "Some of the fans [in New York] gave my friends and family some stuff, but they handled it pretty well. This time will be a little better."

In his first two starts of his career, against the Marlins and Mets, Corbin has allowed seven earned runs on 13 hits in nine innings.

In his two bullpen sessions in between starts, Corbin has worked on his mechanics and keeping his off-speed pitches down.

"It's been a little overwhelming, but I'm starting to settle down and get used to some things," he said. "It's exciting and I'm glad to be here, but it's still baseball and you have to go out there and compete."

Three Coyotes players drop in on D-backs' BP

PHOENIX -- Fresh off their Western Conference semifinal victory in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, three Phoenix Coyotes players visited the D-backs at Chase Field during batting practice on Wednesday.

Right winger Mikkel Boedker, goaltender Mike Smith and team captain Shane Doan received personalized D-backs jerseys and hung outside the dugout chatting with players and coaches.

A unique moment happened when former D-backs player Luis Gonzalez, now a special assistant to the president and CEO, met up with the Coyotes to reminisce about his run to the 2001 World Series title.

"I know what it's like," he said. "You just get on a roll."

Gonzalez joked to Smith, who has a .948 save percentage this postseason, and asked, "How come you're not in a glass box right now, man?"

The D-backs' championship in 2001 is the only major sports title the state of Arizona has won.

"The Coyotes have never been in this situation, so it'd be nice to see the Stanley Cup here," Gonzalez said. "I'm sure there'd be a lot of unique places the Cup would go. Keep it going, it's been exciting to watch."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he was impressed with how the Coyotes battled at the end of the regular season and carried that energy into the postseason.

"What were they going through the last two weeks of the season? They were worried about not getting a spot in the playoffs," Gibson said. "They finished, picked up momentum and here they are."

Big steps ahead in rehab for injured D-backs

PHOENIX -- Injured D-backs players Daniel Hudson, Chris Young and Stephen Drew each have important steps coming up in their rehab processes to get healthy.

Hudson, who threw a bullpen session Tuesday, felt his shoulder held up well Wednesday and he will next throw a simulated game later this week.

If that goes well, he'll move on to a live game, throwing 50 pitches followed by another live game with 75 pitches with bullpen sessions in between each outing.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said the club hasn't decided where Hudson will throw his rehab starts yet, whether in extended spring training or in the Minor League system.

Young will play Thursday at Salt River Fields in an extended spring training game. The team wants him to get as many at-bats as possible.

Drew will also play Thursday in the same game with Young and then again on Saturday.

"They're going to have a pretty good team over there," Gibson quipped.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerEmerick. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.