D-backs decide to start Jackson Friday
Right-hander reports no issues following 149-pitch no-no
ST. LOUIS -- Three days after throwing 149 pitches in his no-hitter against the Rays, Edwin Jackson said his arm felt like it does after any start."I'm feeling normal," the NL's Pitcher of the Week said. That may be the case, but the D-backs are going to give him some extra time before he makes his next start. Rather than pitch Wednesday against the Cardinals, Jackson will get a couple of extra days and instead get the ball on Friday, when the team returns to Arizona to play host to the Dodgers. Most pitchers ice their arms after their starts, but Jackson said he has not done that since 2003 and has never had an issue. "I have normal soreness, but I'm never really in dire pain after starts," he said. Right-hander Barry Enright will have his contract selected from Double-A Mobile to start in Jackson's place.
Kennedy going to get some extra rest
ST. LOUIS -- Two of Ian Kennedy's last three starts have not been good ones, and the right-hander is at 100 1/3 innings for the first time in his Major League career.Is there a correlation? "I don't think it's entirely about innings or workload or things like that," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "But he's in uncharted waters for him at the Major League level, where he's now over 100 innings." With that in mind, the D-backs will begin to try and give Kennedy some extra days between starts. Instead of starting him on Friday against the Dodgers, he will be pushed back to Monday against the Cubs. He will then start Saturday before the All-Star break and probably be used near the back of the rotation after the break to give him even more of a breather. Kennedy walked nine batters in his last outing, Saturday against the Rays in St. Petersburg. "He's been a little bit too fine with his pitches," Hinch said. "Because he has such good control, you feel like he's going to attack the zone a little bit better and he's trying to be perfect. The good start that he's had sometimes creates that illusion that he has to change to continue to have that success, and he doesn't. He just has to pound the strike zone and change people's tempo and timing at the plate with his changeup. He's gotten away from his mindset of attacking the strike zone." Kennedy threw just 22 2/3 Minor League innings last year, one in the Majors and 29 2/3 in the Arizona Fall League. His career-high for innings in a season came in 2007, when he threw a combined 146 1/3 for three Minor League teams.
Enright will start finale with Cardinals
ST. LOUIS -- Barry Enright will have his contract selected from Double-A Mobile to start Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.Edwin Jackson was supposed to start that day, but after throwing 149 pitches while tossing a no-hitter last Friday, the D-backs elected to give the right-hander a few extra days rest. He will start Friday instead. Enright, who is known for his pinpoint control, was taken by the D-backs in the second round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. The right-hander was 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 14 starts for Mobile this season. After going 0-1 with a 4.07 ERA in April, he was 3-0 with a 2.36 ERA in May and is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA this month. The 24-year-old spent all of last season with Mobile.
Drew scratched with lingering knee issue
ST. LOUIS -- D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew was scratched from Monday's initial starting lineup due to stiffness in his left knee."His knee was a little stiff, and I'm not going to take any chances with it," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "I think he could go and he's available." Hinch said he may keep Drew out Tuesday as well as a precaution. Drew first felt the discomfort in his knee while executing a hit-and-run attempt on Friday against the Rays. He did not start on Saturday and was back in the lineup on Sunday. "I think being on the turf and hard surface in Tampa probably bothered him a little more," Hinch said. "It's nothing that we see being serious." Drew was in the lineup that Hinch posted before the players arrived at the clubhouse Monday. Once Drew got there and he and Hinch talked, Hinch elected to start Tony Abreu at short. "It's just kind of a day-to-day thing right now," Drew said.
D-backs unveil 'All-Star Among Us'
ST. LOUIS -- Michael Young will represent the Arizona Diamondbacks in the "All-Stars Among Us" campaign during next month's All-Star Game in Anaheim.The "All-Stars Among Us" campaign was started in 2009 and recognizes individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways. Young was chosen by fans across the country from a list of three finalists for his work with the Swing Fore Kids Golf Classic. The Classic raises money for the Animal Assisted Therapy Program at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Young's event has raised more than $250,000 over the last five years and has become the Animal Assisted Program's major fundraiser. The primary benefactor has been thousands of sick children who need certified therapy dogs to help them recover physically and emotionally. Young and 29 other "All-Stars Among Us" each one representing a Major League team, will be honored during a pregame ceremony at the All-Star Game on July 13. Fans across the nation cast 1.7 million votes, more than double the amount from last year, to select the 30 All-Stars.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.