6/18/2014 9:31 P.M. ET
Arroyo no stranger to back-and-forth beanballs
By Adam Lichtenstein / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Bronson Arroyo has been in the Major Leagues for 15 seasons, so Tuesday's back-and-forth beanballs were nothing new to him.
"I've been told to hit guys before in the past on other teams," Arroyo said. "Sometimes there's a situation where you feel like you have to do it so that your shortstop isn't irritated with you for the next three months and thinks you're a softy."
Arroyo was on the bench on Tuesday, as he is on the disabled list with a sprained UCL. Mike Bolsinger, who was called up to take Arroyo's place, got the start and was nearly hit by a curveball that came toward him while he tried to bunt.
"It was just a simple case of a couple of our guys getting thumped really hard," Arroyo said. "Sometimes, even if it's something not on purpose, you just thump people back."
Arroyo said that the situation gets amplified when high-profile players, such as Ryan Braun, are hit, as was the case on Tuesday.
"When I played in Boston, if Manny [Ramirez] or [David] Ortiz got hit, it didn't matter if it was an accident, it didn't matter if it bounced, it didn't matter if it was 70 mph," he said. "Somebody was getting hit, because we couldn't afford to have those guys out of our lineup."
Arroyo has been ejected for hitting a player, but he values keeping runners off base and limiting offensive threats over trying to get revenge.
"How many times have you seen a brawl in a playoff game? How many times do you see guys fighting in hockey games in the playoffs? Not that often, right?" he said. "Because you value the win over the ego -- because that's really what it is at the end of the day. It's just about pride and feeling like somebody's stomping on you.
"You hope that you have people on both sides that are reasonable and fair, so if somebody gets drilled and you drill back, then you don't hit another guy. At some point it needs to stop and somebody has to say, "OK, we're even now. Let's just play the game.'"
Owings back in action after being hit by pitch
PHOENIX -- On Wednesday, a day after being hit in the upper back with a pitch, shortstop Chris Owings is back in the lineup against the Brewers and feeling fine.
"I'm feeling pretty good today," Owings said. "I got some good rest. I'm ready to go.
"Obviously, you're not going to feel the best. It kind of got my helmet a little bit. It was ringing a little bit, mostly my ears. Fortunately, it got me in the back, and I'm a little sore in the back, but that's about it."
Owings' hit-by-pitch by Milwaukee's Kyle Lohse kicked off a series of events that ended with Ryan Braun being hit by an Evan Marshall pitch, Marshall being ejected and Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning.
Owings doesn't think the pitch from Lohse was intentional, saying that Lohse was setting him up inside.
"That's his game plan," he said. "He went slider away, first pitch. I think he was trying to come in there and it just got away from him."
Owings didn't talk with Lohse or Lucroy after he was hit.
"I didn't see anything after I got hit; I really wasn't paying any attention to that," he said. "But it looked like there was some concern there, so I really didn't look too much into it.
"After the third out was made, I was still on first; [Lohse] kind of looked at me, nodded and asked if I was all right. There's no bad blood there."
Gibson ready to move on following drama
PHOENIX -- Manager Kirk Gibson on Wednesday was eager to move on following the D-backs' heated 7-5 loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.
"They throw inside; we throw inside," Gibson said. "Some people got hit on both sides, and there's all kinds of new story lines that are being created. It's got to stop."
The D-backs led for much of Tuesday's game, but fell behind and eventually lost after a seventh inning in which reliever Evan Marshall hit slugger Ryan Braun with a pitch -- loading the bases -- after throwing behind him.
After Marshall was ejected, Brad Ziegler gave up a grand slam to catcher Jonathan Lucroy, a hit that proved to be the game-winner.
That stretch of the game, starting with shortstop Chris Owings being hit by Brewers starter Kyle Lohse and ending with Lucroy's grand slam, drew national media attention.
"I didn't really pay much attention to it other than what people have told me, and the story line just goes on and on and on," Gibson said. "Everyone understands the game."
Gibson believes the focus on the hit batters should be taken off Braun and be put on Owings, as the pitch from Lohse came close to his head.
"Out of all the people who've been hit -- there's four people who've been hit in this series -- the Chris Owings one was the most alarming to me," he said. "The ball was at his neck. That's the most alarming. Nobody's talking about that. They're talking about Ryan Braun."
• Gibson said on Wednesday that outfielder Ender Inciarte has been cleared to play after being on the seven-day concussion disabled list since June 13. Inciarte played in a simulated game on Wednesday and could be activated for Friday's game against the Giants.
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.