3/4/2014 12:35 A.M. ET
McCarthy shows fine form despite stomach flu
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Brandon McCarthy may not have felt well, but he sure looked good on the mound Monday afternoon.
McCarthy tossed five shutout innings against the Angels despite dealing with a stomach flu that left him too ill following the game to speak.
"I know he was sick, but he got out there, got going and got through it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "That's what we're going to need during the season. He executed well, that's what we tried to get him to do. He's been throwing good in his bullpens as well. A really good game for him."
McCarthy allowed three hits and walked one while striking out a pair. In two spring starts, he has allowed one run over nine innings.
"He just kept the ball down," Gibson said. "He moved it around well, had good late life on it, his breaking ball was good again, threw the ball inside when he had to."
Gibson prefers to have more time with replay
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There was only one call challenged in Monday's D-backs-Angels game under the new replay system, but that didn't mean there was not a lot of talk in the Arizona dugout about it.
"Replay consumed a ton of the game," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said referring to the talk between coaches in the dugout. "I think it's much more complicated than we thought. We had a lot more conversations during the game."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia challenged a play in the second inning when his player -- Luis Jimenez -- was ruled to be tagged out while trying to steal second.
After two minutes and 31 seconds spent reviewing the play in the first-base camera well, the umpiring crew ruled that the play would stand as called.
That left Scioscia with no challenges for the remainder of the game, and while Gibson did not wind up challenging anything, he did think about it on at least two occasions.
Once when Paul Goldschmidt was ruled out on a bang-bang play at first base in the fourth and the other in the sixth when there was a close play at the plate.
D-backs video coordinator Allen Campbell watched the game in the clubhouse video room on Monday and communicated with Gibson via walkie talkie. During the regular season, Campbell will have a better system.
"In Chase [Field] we'll have a system where he'll be able to go back immediately, he'll see every view and he'll be able to click on it and review it right away," Gibson said.
The D-backs have six more games this spring where replay will be used.
"I wish we had more," Gibson said.
• Right-hander Bronson Arroyo has a stiff lower back and won't pitch against the Padres on Tuesday. Randall Delgado, who figures to open the season in the bullpen, will start instead.
Kirk Gibson said Arroyo may be shut down for a few days and won't be ready for the Australia trip, which is less than two weeks away.
"He's not going to make it," Gibson said. "Right now, he's not in our plans."
Whether Delgado starts the year in the bullpen or not, the team wants to keep him stretched out innings-wise just in case there is an injury to a starting pitcher as the season approaches.
• Injured outfielder Cody Ross ran the bases on Monday for the first time since sustaining a fractured and dislocated right hip last August.
Ross, who ran the bases at 60-70 percent, is scheduled to play in a simulated Minor League game Tuesday afternoon on a back field.
"We're going to start picking up his activity," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
• Danny Dorn fouled a ball that deflected off his right wrist. According to general manager Kevin Towers, Dorn has a non-displaced fracture of the wrist and will not be able to participate in baseball activities for six weeks. Dorn is a non-roster outfielder.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.