PHOENIX -- Two days after Miguel Montero said he was upset with and disappointed in pitcher Ian Kennedy, the batterymates sat down in front of Montero's Chase Field clubhouse locker and cleared the air."I wanted to apologize to Ian and the rest of the team," Montero said soon after their talk on Sunday morning. "There's a better way to handle it. Just wanted to make it clear if it's somebody's fault, it's my fault." Following Friday night's game, which Montero (game-tying, ninth-inning double) helped Arizona win with his bat, the D-backs' backstop let reporters in on a pitcher-catcher squabble that almost always stays between teammates. "He was terrible," Montero said then of Kennedy, who battled through five arduous innings but kept his club in the game. "We weren't on the same page -- he was in a different game. "It got to the point where I don't even know what to call. I was [almost like], 'Alright, throw whatever you want, and I'll try to receive it.' "We got a game plan, and everything changes when we cross the line? That can't happen. We need to get better communication, and we work together better." In retrospect, Montero called his comments "unprofessional" and voiced his support for Kennedy, who has had a tough second half of the season. "Obviously, we have the same goal: We want to win," Montero said. "I want him to throw a good game; that way I look good, too. When he throws like that, it makes me feel bad. Period. I have to take charge, because I'm the catcher." Montero also confirmed on Sunday that pitch selection was the prime precursor to their squabbling. "There's probably some fault in both people, and me as well," said interim manager Kirk Gibson, who has spoken with all parties since. "You have Miggy whose trying to execute what I'm asking and what [bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock] is asking. And then you have pitchers who are trying to do their thing. It's really up to us to make sure that we're all on the same page with what we're all trying to do." Because Gibson has preached player accountability time and again since taking the reins on July 2 -- he unusually declined to answer reporters' questions until after his players answered for a mistake-ridden, 7-4 loss on July 23 -- he harped on his catcher's regrettable words. "Miggy could have handled it differently, and he will next time," Gibson said. "That's part of learning."
Webb still hopes to pitch this season
PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Brandon Webb is still hoping to pitch this season."If it's one time or 10, whatever I can get," an upbeat Webb said before the D-backs' Sunday afternoon game. "I'll pitch the last game if it's what I can get." And that would be strictly as a short-spurt reliever. Webb, who last pitched on Opening Day 2009 and underwent right shoulder surgery last summer, reasoned that he would need a minimum of two simulated games before pitching in a Major League game. "Throw me out in the 'pen," Webb said. "What am I going to hurt?" While there have been hiccups in his rehab this season, Webb resumed throwing in flat-ground and bullpen sessions during a trip home last week to mourn the loss of his grandfather in Ashland, Ken. While there, Webb said he threw to his dad sans catcher gear in a Church gymnasium and at MLB umpire Greg Gibson's baseball facility. Webb, who returned to the club on Tuesday, was transferred from 15-day disabled list the to the 60-day DL on April 17.
Top prospect Allen gets time in outfield
PHOENIX -- Don't read anything into Brandon Allen, the D-backs' top power-hitting prospect, playing left field -- not his usual first base -- for Triple-A Reno."We're just maximizing his value," director of player development Mike Berger said of Allen, who has committed just one error in 28 games at the corner-outfield spot. "He's doing a good job in left field. ... Nothing as far a position change." Allen (.263, 23 home runs and 74 RBIs through 97 games), Arizona's fourth-best prospect entering the season according to Baseball America, is one of a handful of players likely to be called up on or soon after Sept. 1 -- when active rosters increase from 25 to 40 players. Allen would figure to earn more playing time in left field, given the D-backs are set with Adam LaRoche at first for the stretch run. Other position-player candidates include outfielder Cole Gillespie and infielders Ryan Roberts and Tony Abreu, all of whom have seen action at the Major League level this season. D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson said he will discuss with interim general manager Jerry Dipoto and Reno manager Brett Butler the various options in the days leading up to Sept. 1. "Those guys will probably do a lot of the homework on that," Gibson said, "and come to me and we'll talk as a staff about what we think maybe fits for us and how it works out."
Entering Sunday, the D-backs had committed at least one error in six straight games. "You're going to make your errors," interim manager Kirk Gibson said. "The Yankees are pretty good; they make mistakes." ... Gibson on the retirement announced Sunday of Cubs skipper Lou Piniella: "Lou's had a great career from way back in his playing days. He's been colorful and good for the game, and he seems like he's done now."
Andrew Pentis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.