Counsell May Be Getting Worse; Upton To Start

Craig Counsell could be out longer than expected, and because of that, Alex Cintron might be around long than expected as well. Carlos Tosca is usually telling his players to keep running, good thing since he likely won't be, and notes on Drew, Upton, Ortiz and Hammock in today's Inside Pitch.

INSIDE PITCH
   Shortstop Craig Counsell might be reconsidering his options after seeking
a second and third opinion from doctors on the torn labrum in his right
shoulder.
   Counsell met Sunday with Dr. Lewis Yokum and on Monday with Dr. James
Andrews. Their diagnoses weren't immediately available, but if either
physician were to recommend surgery, Diamondbacks general manager Josh
Byrnes said the club would huddle with all involved and talk the matter
through.
   "If it turns out there is a difference of opinion, we'll talk to all
three of the doctors, get together with Craig and his agent, and then figure
out the best course of action," Byrnes said.
   Asked if surgery, initially ruled out by Counsell upon learning of the
labrum tear from Diamondbacks team physician Dr. Michael Lee, now is more of
an option, Byrnes said, "Who knows?"
   Counsell, who is moving over to short after playing second base all last
season for Arizona, hurt the shoulder during one-handed swinging drills in
Indiana several days before the start of camp.

NOTES, QUOTES
   --RHP Russ Ortiz, who went 5-11 with a 6.89 ERA last season for Arizona,
after allowing seven earned runs off seven hits and two walks in two innings
against the Rangers on Monday: "Mentally, I felt like 90 percent of the time
I was right where I needed to be. Ten percent, maybe there was a couple of
bad changeups and I was thinking about where I wanted to throw the pitch
before I even got the sign."
   --SS Stephen Drew (bruised left shoulder) took some light swings on the
side Monday and is tentatively scheduled to be available in a split-squad
game Wednesday against the Rockies at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, manager
Bob Melvin said.
   --SS Justin Upton, 18, who is batting .571 (4 for 7) with 4 RBIs, could
get his first action in the field on Wednesday during a split-squad game at
Tucson Electric Park.
   --Third base coach Carlos Tosca had to leave Monday's game against the
Rangers in the first inning after taking a line-drive foul off his ankle,
courtesy of Arizona leadoff hitter Eric Byrnes. Initial reports were that he
suffered a fracture.
   --C Robby Hammock, who caught Randy Johnson's perfect game against the
Braves in May 2004, is now being used as a utility man and is hoping to get
a shot with the Diamondbacks after missing 2005 with a shoulder problem.
   He isn't on the 40-man roster, but manager Bob Melvin said he envisions
Hammock as "that 25th guy on a National League roster who can give you a
little bit of everything."
   --RHP Brandon Medders (muscle strain in right scapula area) will play
catch on Wednesday, but is not slated to throw a side session just yet. The
Diamondbacks don't want to rush him back, as he is a candidate to be the
club's setup man for Jose Valverde after finishing 2005 on a strong note as
a rookie.
 

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