09/16/12 4:14 PM ET
Ransom thrilled to be 'home again' with D-backs
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
The 36-year-old also earned a start Sept. 3 against the Dodgers, batting 1-for-3, drawing two walks and scoring a run.
"It's been a couple weeks since I've been in there," Ransom said. "I haven't seen a pitch in a couple weeks so we'll see how it goes."
The D-backs gave Ransom the nod at shortstop Sunday to give John McDonald, who played the previous five games at the position, a day off.
"Johnny Mac has played well but I didn't want to play him again. He's our best defensive shortstop but Cody has got more power and is better against lefties," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "[Ransom] played good for us while he was first here. We didn't want to lose him but there were some reasons why it happened."
In 17 games for the D-backs earlier this season, Ransom batted .269, amassing four homers and 13 RBIs.
"I'm home now. I went to Milwaukee for three months and now I'm home again," Ransom said. "It's not too tough. Milwaukee was nice, got to spend the hot part of the summer there. Now I'm back with this good organization and a good group of guys."
Eaton relishing regular playing time
PHOENIX -- As the reigning Pacific Coast League MVP at Triple-A Reno, D-backs outfielder Adam Eaton is used to being in the lineup every day.
But when the 23-year-old received the call to the Major Leagues on Sept. 4, he wasn't sure if that would continue.
However, with the help of his high-energy play on the field and an injury to Chris Young, Eaton has started all 10 games he has been with the D-backs, including Sunday against the Giants.
The consistent play has allowed the rookie to keep a rhythm and work through the struggles of adjusting to big league life.
"It's key, for sure. If you come up here and just sit, it's tough to get your confidence going," Eaton said. "Being able to play every day and see pitching every day, it's very beneficial to me. I've really enjoyed it and I'm glad to have the opportunity."
Eaton got his Major League career off to a hot start, collecting 10 hits in his first five games, but since then he has hit a rough patch, going hitless over his last four games entering Sunday. But even with the recent slump, his teammates have been impressed with the outfielder since his callup.
"He's been great -- he gets on base and runs around. It's fun to watch," D-backs left fielder Jason Kubel said. "He's making plays in the outfield, too, a really good arm. He's doing very well."
For Eaton, the biggest challenge he has faced so far has been seeing so many new arms on the mound.
"Getting used to this league and the pitchers, it's a struggle because there are so many of them," Eaton said. "Being a leadoff hitter, you try to see as many pitches as possible to learn the league as fast as possible. It's a process. It can get better. As any competitor or athlete would say, you're satisfied but you're never truly satisfied. I always reach to get better."
Slumping Kubel gets break from lineup
PHOENIX -- After launching a combined 18 home runs and driving in 49 runs in June and July, D-backs left fielder Jason Kubel's season has taken a turn for the worse in August and September, resulting in manager Kirk Gibson giving the 30-year-old a day off Sunday.
Kubel batted just .159 last month and through 10 games this month, he is hitting .154 with only five RBIs.
"Kubel has been struggling a little bit lately," Gibson said. "Want to play some new guys. We haven't manufactured runs, so it's a little different group today."
In his spot, Gerardo Parra received the start Sunday in left field against the Giants and Ryan Vogelsong.
When Kubel does return to the lineup, Gibson is considering moving him down in the order from his typical three-through-five spot.
"It's possible. He didn't have a good August; he hasn't driven the ball like he has," Gibson said. "It's late in the year and it's not as easy as it looks."
D-backs outfielder Chris Young, who hasn't started a game since Sept. 3 with a strained right quad, could be back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday.
"He's feeling pretty good, ran hard yesterday. He's getting treatment," Gibson said. "We'll see how he feels Tuesday. There's a possibility he could be ready to go."
Young pinch-hit both Friday and Saturday against the Giants, but didn't get on base either time.
While he continues to rehab his ailing back, D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist will continue to monitor his situation carefully and whether it behooves him to push to make a return this season.
"We'll see if it's worth it to come back," Bloomquist said. "If it feels great, then I will; if it doesn't, then so be it. First things first, I have to get it healthy."
Bloomquist hasn't appeared in a game since Sept. 3 and hasn't started since Aug. 8.
D-backs pitcher Daniel Hudson, who underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on July 9, is on schedule so far through his long road of recovery.
"Everything is good so far. You watch him walk around and watch him move and it looks like he hasn't even had surgery," Gibson said. "But obviously throwing a baseball is a little different."
Hudson will begin throwing a tennis ball in a couple of weeks as his next step of rehab.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.