05/13/2013 9:39 PM ET
Prado to stop trying too hard to prove himself
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Martin Prado understands why he and Justin Upton will be linked together throughout the remainder of their careers. But after attempting to fill the void left by Upton early on this season, Prado declared he is done trying to be something he's not.
"I won't compare myself to him, not going to happen," Prado said. "We're just two different kinds of players."
With Monday's game being the first time the D-backs and Braves have met since their blockbuster seven-player deal in the offseason, Prado said he had been trying too hard to prove himself in Arizona instead of just being himself and letting the rest come naturally.
The 29-year-old said that mistake has played a part in his slow offensive start to the 2013 season, in which he is batting just .223.
"I was trying to make them believe in what I can do, but it wasn't working," Prado said. "I was trying to be someone else."
"Now I'm trying to be myself, and whatever happens, happens," he said. "I'm the same guy as I was with the Braves, I don't want to change anything. Just trying to go out there and play the game the right way, that's the most important thing."
Armed with a refreshed mindset, Prado is confident his production will come around.
"Some worry about my hitting, but I'm not. I'm not panicking, I know what I can do," he said. "I don't feel like I'm struggling. I'm seeing the ball well, I'm just trying to do too much with my swing. It's a long season, I think the results are going to be there. It just takes some time."
Hill's broken hand healing slower than expected
PHOENIX -- For the second consecutive week, the D-backs didn't receive the results they were hoping for when Aaron Hill underwent a CT scan on Monday. Hill is recovering from breaking a bone in his left hand on April 9, and the injury isn't healing as fast as the club anticipated.
"It's inconclusive at this time, it's probably not as good as news as we'd hope," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "It hasn't progressed as far enough for him to do more strength exercises."
Hill, who went on the 15-day disabled list on April 15, was originally supposed to miss between four and six weeks of action. But as Monday marked the second baseman's fourth week on the shelf, that initial timetable seems unlikely as he still isn't able to resume baseball activities.
"I'm not sure right now where we're going to go from here, but certainly he's going to be waiting," Gibson said. "We'll try to get more growth on that broken bone."
In 10 games before going on the DL, Hill hit .306 with two homers and six RBIs.
Reynolds disappointed at end of scoreless streak
PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Matt Reynolds knew his scoreless streak would come to an end eventually, but that didn't make it any easier when a team finally broke through against him on Sunday.
Riding a career-best 22-outing (19 innings) scoreless streak, Reynolds allowed two runs on four hits to the Phillies in the 10th inning and took the loss.
"It was bound to happen at some point," he said. "It's obviously disappointing, it cost us the game, but I have to move on, pick up the pieces and start a new one."
One of Reynolds' teammates believes the southpaw will do just that and bounce back from the one poor outing of his season.
"Just because he gave up a run doesn't mean he's not going to put up another 15 innings scoreless," D-backs closer Heath Bell said. "He's definitely going to be a great part of this bullpen. Sometimes you have to tip your cap to the other team."
Even with the pair of runs he surrendered Sunday, Reynolds' ERA is still a miniscule 0.96.
• The bullpen has cost the D-backs their fair share of games in 2013, having already blown an MLB-leading 11 saves. But while admitting his relievers need to be better, Gibson put some of the blame on the offense, which hasn't provided much support as of late. The team has scored three or fewer runs in five consecutive games entering Monday.
"We all know we need to close down games better, but I think maybe we're focusing on the wrong thing; we need to be better offensively," Gibson said. "There's really no margin for error right now. That's not to say that's not their job, but at the same time, it'd be nice if they had a couple extra runs to deal with."
• With how well Paul Goldschmidt has played so far this season, it's of little surprise that the first baseman ranks fifth in the National League in walks with 23. Gibson doesn't mind when opposing teams pitch around the slugger, though, as he thinks Goldschmidt is dangerous wherever he is.
"If they put him on, his running game is pretty good too," the manager said. "They'll have to deal with him that way. He certainly looks like a true No. 3 hitter the way his game is, he's good in all facets."
Last season, Goldschmidt stole 18 bases in 21 attempts. This year he has taken four bags on five chances.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.