6/15/2013 10:40 P.M. ET
Eaton hits for first time in rehab
By Jamal Collier / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- D-backs outfielder Adam Eaton hit in extended spring training Saturday for the first time during his rehab.
He is expected to begin throwing Sunday after serving only as designated hitter in his first appearance.
"He's going to probably do it again Monday or Tuesday against [injured closer closer] J.J. [Putz]," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
Eaton has been on the disabled list since June 1 with a strained left elbow. He initially felt some discomfort in March and was shut down before being activated and began feeling more pain.
D-backs weigh options for Tuesday's starter
SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs are still weighing their options for a starting pitcher to take Brandon McCarthy's place Tuesday against the Marlins.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he wanted to see what the team used from the bullpen during this weekend's series against the Padres before making any final decisions. Tyler Skaggs had filled in twice but was optioned Monday, so the team must wait until Thursday before making another roster move with him.
The team could start someone from its bullpen, most likely right-hander Josh Collmenter. Or the D-backs could call up someone from the Minors.
"There's always options," Gibson said. "We'll have to weigh everything."
Gibson spoke about a couple of Minor league options, such as Randall Delgado, who appeared in one game for Arizona this season, lasting two innings and allowing two runs against the Cardinals on June 3. Delgado also struck out three, so Gibson knows he can pitch well enough in the Majors, but he also wants him to work on being more consistent.
"He's got a good lever in his arm, good life in his arm and in his fastball," Gibson said. "I just thought he was aiming it too much. Location is everything. Maybe it's just a process with him getting the feel for the strike zone and kind of getting his arm a little freer and a little life on it."
Gibson was cautious to use Collmenter for a couple of reasons -- the first being the hole it would leave in the bullpen.
"You take him out of his role, he's as good as anybody in his role in the big leagues," Gibson said. "So you're taking someone out who's very good, and really you give yourself a great chance of wining those ballgames. You get a long guy who's capable of shutting those guys down."
Collmenter is 3-0 with a 2.86 ERA in 34 2/3 innings as a long reliever this season.
"Part of the beauty of him is he comes in after somebody else," Gibson said. "He's a different-style pitcher. He's got a different arm slot ... that's part of his success."
Gibson also wondered what the D-backs would do to replace Collmenter in the bullpen.
"If you take him out of that role, then you're asking him to do a new role, and you're asking somebody to fill his role," Gibson said.
"So it's not as clear as it might seem."
D-backs await suspensions and their effects
SAN DIEGO -- As Ian Kennedy and Eric Hinske wait for their suspensions appeal to be heard, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson is wondering what his team's roster will look like should they miss time.
"When the whole suspension thing comes down for good, we may have to readjust our team," Gibson said.
A suspended player's roster spot can't be replaced, and Gibson is hoping the players will not have to serve their suspensions at the same time. That would leave the D-backs two players short in the bullpen or on the bench for five games and still short a man for another five .
"The way it's set now, that's 15 games," Gibson said. "That's a long time. ... What do you need? Do you need another starter? Do you need another bullpen arm? You playing pitchers short? You playing position players short?
"There's a lot of things we might have to get into. It's a big disadvantage."
Kennedy and Hinske were suspended 10 and five games respectively for their role in Tuesday's benches-clearing melee with the Dodgers. Both players are appealing the suspension and had not heard about when a decision might be made.
Hinske's suspension seems as if it will almost certainly be reduced after members of the Dodgers said he was trying to be a peacemaker on the field. Gibson spoke to Hinske in the manager's office before Saturday's game against the Padres.
"They know he was out there saying, 'Hey, let's just stop it,'" Gibson said.
Gibson said before Saturday's game that he had not talked to Kennedy about his appeal.
"He has to do what he has to do," Gibson said. "He feels that that's too much, and they feel they have a basis of it being too much."
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.