5/29/2013 9:45 P.M. ET
Gibson hoping Hill will hit soon
By Christian Corona / Special to MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Second baseman Aaron Hill, who has been on the disabled list since April 15 with a slight fracture in his left hand, could be hitting soon.
Hill was hit in the hand with a pitch by the Pirates' James McDonald on April 9, and after X-rays were negative, played in two more games before going on the DL when a CT scan revealed the fracture. Hill had a second CT scan done on his hand Tuesday that showed mild improvement.
"He did strength and exercise today and that went fine," manager Kirk Gibson said. "Hopefully he'll start hitting by the end of the weekend. He'll just progress from there."
Gibson said he expects Hill to go on a rehab assignment before returning to the D-backs and "could be a ways off" before he does come back. Hill was hitting .306 with two home runs and six RBIs in 10 games before landing on the DL.
"He'll probably go from batting practice to extended spring training," Gibson said. "We'll probably get some guys to throw to him, extend him to some games and see where's he at."
Goldschmidt happy to return to Texas
ARLINGTON -- For the first time this season, Paul Goldschmidt returned to the state of Texas, where he played high school and college baseball.
Goldschmidt's wife Amy is from the Metroplex area. She was joined by a few members of her family, along with a couple of Goldschmidt's brothers at Wednesday night's game against the Rangers.
"It's cool. You get to see family, but once you get on the field, you kind of forget you're back here," Goldschmidt said. "Just a day and a half. Night game, then a day game and we're out. It's not like you're here for a week and you're hanging out then play baseball. We're here to play then we leave."
Goldschmidt won a state championship at The Woodlands, a high school near Houston, and left Texas State as the career record holder for home runs (36) and RBIs (178). After the D-backs swept a doubleheader Monday against the Rangers at home, they traveled to Texas for two more games this week.
"I loved [Texas State]," Goldschmidt said. "I loved playing baseball there. I loved the town [San Marcos] and I loved the school. I had fun there, met my wife there, have close friends I still stay in touch with."
Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek and Brett Eibner, who is currently with the Royals' Double-A team at Northwest Arkansas, were among the other players on The Woodlands squad that won a state title in 2006.
Parra's left calf feeling much better
ARLINGTON -- Before Wednesday's game vs. the Rangers was rained out, Gerardo Parra was slated to be in the D-backs' lineup after leaving the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Rangers with a left calf cramp. Martin Prado, who fouled a pitch off the inside of his left knee in the first game of that doubleheader, was not in the lineup but is expected to start Thursday.
"[Prado]'s improved, but we'll give him another day to move around a little bit," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He'll be ready to go tomorrow. He's certainly available tonight."
Prado stayed in the game despite hurting his knee in the fifth inning and went 1-for-4 and pinch-hit, but didn't start, during the second game of the doubleheader. Parra left the nightcap in the fourth inning after getting the cramp when he struck out in the third. He led off and started in right field Wednesday.
"It's a big bruise. The range of motion [in the knee] is kind of stiff, but that's all," Prado said. "Just one more day of rest and getting out all the blood accumulated there. I'm fine. I can run. I can hit. They just want to make sure I'm 100 percent."
Kennedy good to go for Saturday's start vs. Cubs
ARLINGTON -- After being scratched from Monday's start with a laceration in his right index finger, Ian Kennedy is expected to make his next scheduled start Saturday against the Cubs.
Kennedy hurt his finger while cleaning a knife at home and watched as rookie Tyler Skaggs, the D-backs' top prospect, according to MLB.com, tossed six scoreless inning and picked up his first win this season in a 5-3 victory over the Rangers in the first game of Monday's doubleheader.
"We probably could've made it work, but it was better not to with that doubleheader," Kennedy said. "I'll probably throw tomorrow without the wrap and see how it goes. I'm making sure it's nice and closed every time I go to bed. Whatever the trainers say, I'll do."
Kennedy has been able to throw without any issues and has the finger bandaged when he's not throwing. He said he feels fine, but the cut is limiting the way he throws his curveball.
"The only thing that really bothered me was spinning on my knuckle curve," Kennedy said. "It would just split open. I haven't been able to throw any curveballs, but my fastball has been good in the bullpens."
Kennedy is 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA this year, striking out 50 and walking 23 in 61 1/3 innings. He won't be touching any knives anytime soon.
"From now on, [my wife's] doing everything, cleaning up the knives and everything," Kennedy said. "You should've seen it when I left. There were dishes everywhere."
• Right-hander Daniel Hudson, working his way back from Tommy John surgery, gave up four runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking one in six innings of an extended spring training start Wednesday. He threw 71 pitches.
• D-backs relievers tossed the football around before Wednesday's game against the Rangers at Cowboys Stadium, which is right across the street from the Ballpark in Arlington.
"I burned Tony Sipp. It's those long strides," said Matt Reynolds, who scored two touchdowns. "It's just something we do for fun. You can get stuck in ruts doing the same thing, so this makes it a little fun to break up the conditioning a little bit."
• The MRI Adam Eaton had last week was looked at by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday for a second opinion. Eaton has been on the DL all season with a strained left elbow.
Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.