09/25/12 10:26 PM ET
D-backs playing it safe with Skaggs
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Josh Collmenter started in place of Skaggs on Tuesday against the Giants.
After three strong starts to begin his Major League career late last month, Skaggs' last three have resulted in a 10.50 ERA, and some have raised concerns about his velocity being in the upper 80s toward the end of his last start as opposed to the low 90s he hit earlier in the game.
"Just the way he was trending," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said in explaining the decision. "He feels fine, but his velocity was way down in his last game. The conversation started with the risk versus the reward and we just felt like we didn't have anything to gain by continuing to have him do that."
For Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers, the decision involved more than just a drop in velocity.
"You're throwing 87, 88 your last time out and you started out at 94 this year," Gibson said. "That in itself isn't that concerning, but when you don't have the ability to throw the ball where you want to, you don't have your fastball command, I think now you're setting him up for a lot of failure. Little concerned about putting him out there in that situation."
All parties involved say that Skaggs is not experiencing any discomfort so they are not concerned about injury.
While Skaggs will not start, he will continue to work on his conditioning and could throw some flat-ground bullpen sessions and could even throw off a mound to work on some mechanical issues.
The only way he will see game action, Gibson said, is if the D-backs find themselves in an emergency situation in an extra-inning game.
Montero joins Twitter to interact with fans
SAN FRANCISCO -- Look out, Twitter, here comes Miguel Montero.
The D-backs catcher opened a Twitter account Monday night (@miggymont26), and the always-entertaining Montero is still trying to get the hang of things, having received a crash course in tweeting from D-backs public-relations director Casey Wilcox.
"I was just bored and I said let me try to get on the Twitter just because the offseason is coming up and it's easier to find the news and all that, follow the news," Montero said. "I don't have any idea how to do it."
What does he plan on doing on Twitter?
"I guess I'll just try to interact a little bit with the fans," he said. "I think they want to hear from us and it will be good for them."
The D-backs throw over to first base a lot as a way of limiting the opposition's running game.
"There's a game within the game there," Gibson said. "I throw over a lot in those situations as well. We get into a high-leverage situation, I'll throw over or step off. The hitters don't like that. All of a sudden you throw and you do it again. You try to get people frustrated. There are a lot of things that happen when you get into leverage situations."
That tends to draw boos from the home crowd when the D-backs are on the road.
"I love it," Gibson said. "When they start booing, I go, 'This is what I like. Let's do it a couple of more times.'"
Gibson said that he's not sure if the club will ask Minor League pitcher Trevor Bauer to tone down his intense pregame long-toss sessions.
"I think it's something where we're going to have meetings coming up here, we'll get everybody in the room and we'll have discussions on it," Gibson said.
The organization will, though, continue to try to work with him about tweaking his approach to hitters.
"He bounces pitches and I watch [Minor League] games and they swing at them," Gibson said. "They don't do that here. That's just an example. They're not going to do it as much, so you're going to have to disguise your pitches or throw more consistently, command more consistently with all your pitches so you will get swing and misses."