8/24/2013 7:31 P.M. ET
Putz second-guessing injury-causing play
By Paul Hagen / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Reliever J.J. Putz second-guessed himself on Saturday for second-guessing himself in the seventh inning of Friday night's game on a comebacker off the bat of the Phillies' Kevin Frandsen.
Putz started to make a barehanded stop, then thought better of it. But as he pulled back his hand, the ball hit the little finger on his right hand. Frandsen was retired, but Putz ended up with a dislocated finger, an injury that landed him on the 15-day disabled list.
"I should have just caught it," Putz said. "I stuck my hand out, and then I was pulling it back to get it out of the way, and that's when it happened. If I had just caught it, I probably would have been fine."
Adding to Putz's disappointment is the fact that he has an 0.57 ERA in his last 19 appearances.
"I feel like I'm kind of back to the way I should be pitching. It's really frustrating. But you move on," he said.
On the plus side, he expects to be ready to go as soon as he's eligible to be activated.
"I think it's just a matter of the pain tolerance now," he said. "They say when you have a dislocation and an open wound, infection is a big concern. So it's just a matter of that healing and then, once the pain is gone, to throw. Four or five days maybe. I should be ready [when the 15 days are up]. That's the plan.
"I didn't know I was hurt. I knew I got hit, but I didn't really know it was bleeding until I got to the dugout and [Gerardo] Parra kind of looked at me weird. I looked down, and it was dripping blood. They numbed [it] first. That was the worst part. They shot the needle right up into my finger to numb it. That was the most uncomfortable part. Then when they set it, I couldn't feel anything, but I could hear everything, like crunching and stuff."
Manager Kirk Gibson prefers that his pitchers don't make catches with their bare hands, but he understands why it happens.
"He's done it several times this year and hasn't hurt his hand," Gibson said. "I don't like it, but I understand why he does it, why anybody does it. It's just a reaction."
Gibson has advice for Sandberg
PHILADELPHIA -- Kirk Gibson was named the D-backs' interim manager in the middle of the 2010 season, taking over for A.J. Hinch after serving as a coach for the first part of the season. So it's not surprising that Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg, who finds himself in an almost identical situation after replacing Charlie Manuel on Aug. 16, wanted to pick Gibson's brain.
"I talked to him," Gibson said. "I told him [serving as interim manager] helped me, and it will help him if he's in consideration [for a permanent job]. On the other side, for Charlie, it's cruel and it's unfair. That's just the way it is. Charlie's a good man, and he was good for this organization and for baseball.
"First of all, you just learn what it takes -- the schedule and the organization. The routine. And you start to learn your team. You're sitting there, and you see what you want to do and what you're trying to do and how they react to it. You're thinking about personnel and what you want to do your next Spring Training. It helps you set that up. You understand the personalities a lot better."
When it comes to baserunning, Gibson by the book
PHILADELPHIA -- With one out and the score tied in the bottom of the eighth inning on Friday night, the Phillies' Domonic Brown singled. Then, with Carlos Ruiz at the plate, Brown was thrown out trying to steal.
The D-backs were surprised to see Brown take off. Manager Kirk Gibson has charts that show steals, caught stealing, hit-and-runs and pitches fouled off with a runner in motion and the situations for all teams.
"It's all in my book right here: 0-0, 1-0. It doesn't mean you're going to pitch out. I don't pitch out a lot. But you might want to change the pitch you're going to throw," Gibson said.
Earlier in the game, Aaron Hill was caught stealing when Matt Davidson missed a hit-and-run sign.
That, too, goes on the list.
"Why do I look at that? Because the other manager looks at it," Gibson said. "It's not like we've been rolling a lot of runs on the board. You try to get aggressive at times. This sheet right here is all our running stuff. Early this year we were pretty good, and lately we haven't been very good at it."
Gosewisch thrilled to have started against Phils
PHILADELPHIA -- Tuffy Gosewisch was a well-regarded catcher in the Phillies' system; two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay complimented the way he called a game. But he never got his chance in Philadelphia. Instead he made his Major League debut for the D-backs, on Aug. 1.
So it was a thrill for him to start against the Phillies on Friday night.
"A lot of meaning. Probably the most excited I've been to play baseball in a long time," Gosewisch said. "I was with [the Phillies] for a long time, and I really wanted to be on the home team back a few years ago. It was sweet to go out there and play against those guys that I played with for the last five Spring Trainings. I want to beat them bad; kind of have a chip on my shoulder. I felt like I should have been up here with them, but it didn't happen and didn't work out.
"We all talked before the game during batting practice -- just the usual 'Hi, how you doing? Congratulations on being brought up.' But after their first at-bat, nobody talks. They're trying to win, and we're trying to win. I don't know why I never made it up here [with the Phillies]. You'd have to ask them. But the last time I was this excited, I guess it was the College World Series."
• Gibson said that Willie Bloomquist (contusion in left hand) and Miguel Montero (strained lower back) are progressing well in their rehabs and could be back as early as Monday, when the D-backs open a series against the Padres at Chase Field.
"We'll see how they get through these next two games, how they play, what the reports say," Gibson said. "No. 1, you want to make sure they're healthy. The other thing is, are they ready? I think they're ready in their own mind, but I don't know whether to tell you they'll be back Monday, but I think it's reasonable to say we're looking at bringing them back next week."
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.