04/17/2013 8:05 PM ET
Corbin must beat, not root for boyhood team
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- As a kid growing up in upstate New York, Patrick Corbin was a huge Yankees fan.
On Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, he will get the ball for the D-backs in the series finale and try to beat the Yankees.
Corbin will have a big contingent of friends and family on hand for the game.
"They feel weird coming here and wearing a Diamondbacks jersey or shirt tomorrow," Corbin said. "It's kind of funny. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and am just excited to be here."
This will be the second time Corbin has started a game in New York. Last May, he had a rough go of it against the Mets, when he allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings.
"I think I'll be a little bit more settled down than when I faced the Mets," Corbin said. "I'm going to go out there and keep my composure and be myself tomorrow, but I'll definitely be excited and have a lot of family and friends here to watch."
Corbin saw games at the old Yankee Stadium that used to stand across the street, missing attending David Wells' perfect game as a fan by a day in 1998. He threw off the new Yankee Stadium mound during a pre-Draft workout in 2009.
Growing up, Corbin's favorite player was Tino Martinez, but being a left-hander, he also admired Andy Pettitte.
Just 10 when the D-backs and Yankees squared off in the 2001 World Series, Corbin was disappointed when the Yankees came out on the losing end.
"I remember watching in my living room, and back then, I had no idea what the Diamondbacks were really," he said. "It's funny, because I was obviously rooting for the Yankees then, but to be a part of the Diamondbacks and being able to have a chance to go out there and beat the Yankees feels a little weird."
Prado's versatility handy for D-backs
NEW YORK -- One of the things that has impressed the D-backs about Martin Prado is how many different positions he can play.
Already this season, he's played third, second, short and left field, and that was in the span of two days.
With second baseman Aaron Hill out four to six weeks with a broken left hand, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson shifted Prado to second for Tuesday's game against the Yankees. On Wednesday, though, Gibson had second thoughts about it and left Prado at third and started Josh Wilson at second.
"I really don't like moving him all around all the time," Gibson said. "I think it's asking a lot of him. Certainly don't want Prado to play four positions in two days again if I can help it."
Prado made it clear to the D-backs that he would play wherever they needed him. During his time with the Braves, he also played all over the field, depending on what was needed.
"It's nothing new," he said prior to Wednesday's game. "I guess when baseball people know you can play a different position, they count on you and feel good about you changing positions. That makes me feel good. Now, I've got to prepare myself to play second base at the beginning of the game."
Well, maybe not.
Didi excited to return to bigs, this time in Bronx
NEW YORK -- The D-backs asked shortstop Didi Gregorius to be patient as he recovered from a strained right elbow, and they planned on waiting a while to bring him up to the big leagues.
The injury bug, though, has bit the D-backs hard this season, and when second baseman Aaron Hill was lost to a broken left hand Tuesday, the D-backs activated Gregorius from the disabled list and brought him up from Triple-A Reno, where he was on a rehab assignment.
Ranked as the D-backs' No. 3 prospect, Gregorius, who was acquired from the Reds in a three-team deal this past winter, has had one other stint in the big leagues. That came last year when he appeared in eight games for Cincinnati.
"It's every little kid's dream to be here," Gregorius said.
The 23-year-old arrived at Yankee Stadium after batting practice Wednesday, and Arizona manager Kirk Gibson did not want to throw Gregorius right into the fire by starting the left-handed hitter against tough southpaw CC Sabathia.
Gregorius is likely to get the start at short in Thursday night's series finale, with Phil Hughes on the mound for New York.
"For me, to be honest, if I get a chance to play in this series, it will be great to play in Yankee Stadium," Gregorius said. "For me, it's awesome just to be here. First time in Yankee Stadium and I really like it."
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.