9/18/2013 10:13 P.M. ET
Tuffy having 'a blast' in first taste of big leagues
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- If anyone on the D-backs' roster knows how to appreciate the little things, it's Tuffy Gosewisch. After spending parts of nine seasons in the Minors, the backstop has been up with Arizona for all but one week over the last two months. But even though the 30-year-old has made just nine starts in his first taste of the big leagues, he isn't letting limited playing time stand in the way of enjoying himself.
"It has been a blast," Gosewisch said. "I just come to the field every day, and if I'm in the lineup, I'm happy and do everything I can to help the team win. If I'm not, I'm trying to get better in another way. I'm getting stronger, working on catching or working with the pitchers and talking to guys, any way I can get better."
One unconventional way Gosewisch has done just that over the last couple days has been taking grounders at second base prior to games. He does it for fun, but given that the D-backs have already played 75 extra innings this season, you never know. And that work is on top of the daily blocking, throwing and catching duties he performs alongside veterans Miguel Montero and Wil Nieves.
"I'm settling in now, I feel comfortable," Gosewisch said. "I'm trying to keep my head down and keep the blinders on and stay focused. It has been a good learning experience so far."
In the games Gosewisch has gotten into, he has shown himself well, too. Entering Wednesday's contest, he was 7-for-34 with two doubles and two RBIs and more importantly, he hadn't allowed any passed balls or made any errors. So with current backup Nieves hitting free agency this offseason, Gosewisch could find himself competing for the job behind Montero come Spring Training 2014, a prospect that D-backs manager Kirk Gibson seems to welcome.
"Tuffy is great; he's enthusiastic and he comes with energy every day," Gibson said. "He takes great pride in what he does. He put in his time for sure before he got here, he has opened our eyes. He came with a high recommendation and didn't disappoint so I'd say the organization thinks very highly of him."
Gibby going to let Corbin pitch through struggles
PHOENIX -- One day after the Dodgers lit up staff ace Patrick Corbin for six runs over two-plus innings, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson rejected the notion that the club might shut down the 24-year-old for the rest of the season.
"My sense is we'll continue to let him throw," Gibson said. "There's nothing wrong with him, he just didn't execute his pitches last night. ... At this point, we have no reason to believe something is wrong or something is going to be wrong."
Since taking a 2.24 ERA and a 12-2 record into August, Corbin is just 2-5 with a 5.60 ERA. This year is the left-hander's first full season in the Majors, and although fatigue might be a factor as his innings count sits at 199, Gibson thinks this recent funk is something Corbin can overcome.
"We don't want to hurt him, but he's going to have to fight through it," Gibson said. "There is something to it when you get to 200 innings, it's a little different. You're going to have to be more efficient. He doesn't have much left in his tank, but neither does anybody else."
Throughout his struggles, Corbin has maintained that he feels fine, health-wise, instead pinning the troubles on not executing his pitches properly. Gibson listens to what his pitcher tells him, but that isn't the only factor he has used in determining if the lefty is dealing with discomfort.
"You're watching as well," Gibson said. "You watch what they do from the time they step in here. Their actions speak a lot louder than their words sometimes. If they're hurt, they aren't going to do nothing. So if you watch their routine and it stays the same, there's a pretty good chance that everything really is fine."
If the D-backs stay in rotation, Corbin will receive two more starts this year, with his next coming Sunday in Colorado.
• Right-hander Bo Schultz has been added to the group of prospects the D-backs are sending to compete in the Arizona Fall League. Between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno, Schultz made 37 appearances (16 starts) this year, compiling a 3.35 ERA and striking out 75 batters over 104 2/3 innings.
• Appearing in all but two of the D-backs' 151 games this season, Paul Goldschmidt won't be easing into the offseason over the final two weeks of the year, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Wednesday.
"He's actually pretty fresh for as many games as he has played," Gibson said. "He has been our most consistent guy, he has been our most dangerous guy and he wants to play. He's a pretty good player, in fact, you might say he's the Most Valuable Player. I could argue that."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.