05/08/11 1:05 AM ET
Galarraga excited for ex-teammate Verlander
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Galarraga, then with the Tigers, gained fame last season for his perfect game that wasn't when first-base umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled Jason Donald safe at first base with two outs in the ninth inning. Donald hit a grounder to first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who tossed to Galarraga covering, and replays showed Galarraga touched the base before Donald.
Joyce, though, called Donald safe and Galarraga had to settle for a one-hitter.
As the Tigers mobbed Verlander, Galarraga smiled.
"That's exciting," he said. "It's the best thing for a pitcher. He's great, this is his second time."
Did it bring back memories for him?
"Oh, sure, yeah," Galarraga said before breaking into laughter. "I thought it was going to be a ground ball to first for the last out. If it was, people would have remembered me. If he had got a ground ball to first, [Verlander] would be laughing. He'd probably call me."
Galarraga had one last thing to do before heading out to join his teammates on the field.
"I sent him a text to congratulate him," Galarraga said. "He's a great guy, works hard."
Drew exits after tweaking nagging groin injury
SAN DIEGO -- D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew was removed from Saturday's game and will likely not play Sunday due to tightness in his right groin.
It's the same injury that caused him to be scratched from the starting lineup last Wednesday against the Rockies.
Drew said he aggravated the groin while turning a double play to end the third inning but that he was hopeful to be able to play in the team's three-game series against the Giants that starts Tuesday.
The D-backs are off Monday, which means if he doesn't play Sunday, Drew will get two full days to rest the injury.
"He's been fighting that for a while," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He kind of irritated it a little bit. He probably won't play [Sunday]."
D-backs give slumping Johnson weekend off
SAN DIEGO -- Mired in a season-long slump, D-backs second baseman Kelly Johnson knew that something had to change.
In an attempt to do that, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson decided to give Johnson Saturday and Sunday off so that he could put in some extra work.
"It's not like I haven't been doing work, it's not that I don't believe in myself, it's none of that," said Johnson, who is hitting .176. "Just come here every day and do the same thing and it ain't working. You have to do something different at some point. We're going to work on it, look at stuff, talk about it and go in and get comfortable, get my mind right and get comfortable."
Gibson had hoped Johnson would work his way out of the slump while staying in the lineup. But after watching him collect just four hits in his last 30 at-bats, Gibson decided a break would be best.
"He's just got to relax his mind and get a couple of things straightened out so he can give himself a better chance," Gibson said. "It's really kind of got him right now, so we've got to try and stop that process, stop that type of momentum he's got going."
Johnson's struggles are in stark contrast to his hot start to 2010, a season that saw him hit .284 with 26 homers and 71 RBIs. Still, he knows what it's like to struggle and that could help him work his way out of his current mess.
"I have been here before," he said. "I think the difference now is regardless of outcome I have a much better understanding of what I want to accomplish and where I want to be and a much stronger belief in myself than I have in years past."
Putz, D-backs teammates visit SEALs team
SAN DIEGO -- Closer J.J. Putz and eight of his D-backs teammates and support staff paid a visit to a Navy SEALs team in Alpine, Calif., on Friday.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson had some Navy SEALs instructors speak with the team during Spring Training.
"Listening to their passion for wanting to defend our country makes you feel worthless," Putz said. "It really does."
The SEALs have been in the news recently as it was SEAL Team 6 that stormed the hideout of Osama bin Laden last weekend.
The players visited a sniper group in what is known as Covert Canyon in nearby Alpine. Among those who went were Josh Collmenter, Josh Wilson, Joe Paterson and Daniel Hudson.
"It's always cool to spend time with those guys," Putz said. "We know that the people in the military make the ultimate sacrifice for us, and these guys are the top of the top.
"Any time you get to talk to them is amazing."