WSH@ARI: Hill opens the scoring with a solo homer

ST. LOUIS -- D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill was glad to be back in the lineup Wednesday after missing the previous three games with soreness in his right shoulder.

Hill said he reported to the ballpark Saturday and informed manager Kirk Gibson that he was unable to play.

"I was in the lineup Saturday, and that day I had a hard time just lifting my arm," Hill said. "At that point, obviously I had to say something."

Hill had an MRI exam that day, and the results showed inflammation, but no structural damage.

"Obviously I would have loved to play the last couple of games," Hill said. "It was strictly the doctor's recommendation after we got a picture of it. I tried to convince Gibby yesterday, but it just didn't work. It's good to be back in there."

Hemond, Gonzo returning to Draft for D-backs

Roland Hemond and Luis Gonzalez at the 2013 Draft. (Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS -- The D-backs will be represented at the 2014 First-Year Player Draft once again by front-office executives Roland Hemond and Luis Gonzalez.

Hemond is widely respected around baseball. A three-time winner of Major League Baseball's Executive of the Year Award, Hemond is in his second tour of duty with the D-backs, this time as special assistant to D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall.

Hemond was the 2011 recipient of the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given out by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in recognition of extraordinary efforts to enhance the game's positive impact on society.

Gonzalez owns the biggest hit in D-backs franchise history -- a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

Gonzalez, who is the only D-backs player to have his number retired, is also a special assistant to Hall.

The 2014 Draft will take place on June 5-7, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 5, at 3 p.m. MST. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 4 p.m., with the top 74 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of the second and third days will begin with a live Draft show at 11:30 a.m. on June 6.

MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

Pollock gets ovation after great catch in St. Louis

ARI@STL: Pollock makes outstanding catch at the wall

ST. LOUIS -- D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock actually caught Yadier Molina's fly ball twice on Tuesday night.

Molina lifted a deep drive to left-center in the sixth inning and on a dead run, Pollock reached out and backhanded the ball just before crashing into the wall.

As he hit the wall, the ball popped out of his glove and as Pollock was falling to the ground, he snatched the ball with his glove just before it hit the ground.

"I caught it and then I felt it come out of my glove," Pollock said. "I was fortunate that when I looked over, the ball was in front of my face. I hit the wall and just kind of turned around. It was like the ball was just floating right there and I snatched it out of the air. It was a cool play."

Initially it was not clear that the ball had come out of Pollock's glove, but when the catch was replayed on the Busch Stadium scoreboard and the sellout crowd saw it, they rose and gave him a standing ovation.

"It's a pretty cool place," Pollock said of St. Louis. "They're on you the whole game and then you make a play and the same guys who are on you are now cheering you. You don't really see that in too many places. This is definitely a special place for baseball. The fans are very, very passionate and they respect good baseball."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson has long been an admirer of the fans in St. Louis dating back to his playing career.

"That's how it goes here," Gibson said of the standing ovation for Pollock. "That's why it's a great environment to play in. The fans are definitely very knowledgeable and that's a neat thing. It's very classy and really the right thing to do."