Diamondbacks 7, Angels 1
The Arizona Diamondbacks felt pretty fortunate after three key
players were injured during Tuesday night’s spring training
Second baseman Aaron Hill, shortstop Willie Bloomquist and left
fielder Jason Kubel all were removed before Arizona scored seven
runs in the eighth inning to beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-1.
The injury to Bloomquist (right oblique strain) appears to be
the most serious. Hill and Kubel might not need much time off at
Hill was hit on the left pinkie by a pitch from Angels ace Jered
Weaver, who gave up only two hits in seven scoreless innings.
”No big deal. He got me OK. It will be a little sore,” Hill
said, expressing his desire to play Wednesday. ”Passed all the
tests, I guess. No reason to take X-rays.”
Bloomquist and Kubel (left ankle discomfort) came out after the
Kubel got one at-bat, a groundout in the second inning, but felt
discomfort in his left ankle. He was replaced by Alfredo Marte, who
was brought back to major league camp from the minor league side.
Marte had been optioned to Triple-A Reno on March 13.
”I kind of banged it when I banged my knee on Sunday. Since
then it’s kind of been giving out a bit,” Kubel said. ”I’m not
too concerned about it, though.”
Kubel wasn’t scheduled to play Wednesday and was going to get
some at-bats in a minor league game. He indicated that he might
have slightly irritated some previous nerve damage.
”If he needs some time on his ankle, that will be fine,”
manager Kirk Gibson said.
The Diamondbacks were already short-handed.
Starting center fielder Adam Eaton could miss two months with a
sprained elbow. Another outfielder, Cody Ross, has a calf injury
and his status for opening day is in doubt. Middle infielder Didi
Gregorius has an elbow injury and is likely to start the season on
the disabled list.
The injuries took some attention away from two No. 1 starters
who were very sharp in their final tuneups for opening day.
Weaver struck out three and walked one while facing 25
”That’s a terrific outing,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
”They had some good hitters in their lineup and he was just
working spots all night and did a great job. The fact that he got
seven complete and did it in real economic fashion is
Ian Kennedy was just about as good. The right-hander struck out
eight in 6 2-3 scoreless innings of two-hit ball for Arizona.
”You always want that last one to be pretty good,” Kennedy
said. ”My arm speed was there, my off-speed was there and the
command was there.”
Los Angeles scored a run in the eighth off reliever Heath Bell,
but the Diamondbacks got seven in their half. Eric Chavez hit a
solo home run, Eric Hinske doubled in two runs and Marte hit a
NOTES: Arizona RHP Daniel Hudson threw off a mound for first
time since having Tommy John surgery last July. GM Kevin Towers
said Hudson could return after the All-Star break. … Gibson said
RHP Brandon McCarthy will follow Kennedy and Trevor Cahill in the
rotation for the opening series against St. Louis next week.
McCarthy is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Friday. …
Arizona LHP Wade Miley, coming back from ”dead arm” issues, will
throw Saturday against the Reds and if all goes well he’ll start
April 5 at Milwaukee. … The Angels’ lineup featured only one
regular, outfielder Peter Bourjos. Most of the starters went back
to Southern California to work out in preparation for the