Counsell Back to Super Utility

Counsell Back to Super Utility

Craig Counsell broke his rib, and Stephen Drew claimed the shortstop spot for the future, and for the now. Counsell reacts to moving back to the Super Utility role; ALSO: 2nd round pick Lefty Brett Reynolds may not be a D'Back at all; Tony Clark is back under the microscope; Injury report.

INSIDE PITCH
Craig Counsell will finish the season playing a different role than he had before he suffered a right rib fracture.
Counsell met up with the Diamondbacks on Monday in San Francisco, and he likely will be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.
The veteran shortstop, back from a three-game rehab assignment in the minor leagues, met privately with manager Bob Melvin and has been told that rookie Stephen Drew will continue to get starts at short.
Counsell will get some playing time there, too, but also will be asked to spell Chad Tracy at third base and Orlando Hudson at second on occasion.
"Stephen's going to play, so I'll just play when they tell me to," Counsell said. "It is what it is. It's their call. It's whatever they want to do. It's the way it is."
Melvin refused to be specific, however, when asked who his designated starter will be at shortstop.
"I'm not going there," Melvin said. "If Drew starts, he'll be the starter that day. If Counsell starts, he'll be the starter that day."
But Melvin also inferred that Counsell will play other positions, making it likely he will be used mostly in a super-utility role, something he thrived in during his first stint with the Diamondbacks.
"Stephen's going to be here, Stephen's going to play. So is Craig," Melvin said. "Whether Craig plays a little at second at times, maybe third, it's a chance to give some other guys some days off, and he will play those positions as well.
"But he will play shortstop. How it exactly works out, I'm not sure yet. It's going to be more feel than anything. ... There's no exact formula for us. We'll just play and see how it goes."
REPLAY: The Diamondbacks committed three critical errors Monday while collecting just two hits off Giants left-hander Noah Lowry, and they fell 5-0. Arizona failed to make up ground in the National League West on a day when the first-place Dodgers lost.
"When you make more errors than you get hits," manager Bob Melvin said, "you're going to have a difficult time winning games."
Pitcher Livan Hernandez, second baseman Orlando Hudson and third baseman Chad Tracy made throwing errors that led to three runs late in the game, which also saw Barry Bonds hit his 725th career home run.
"Nobody wants to make an error here," said Hernandez, who fell to 10-10. "But baseball is like that. There's nothing you can do about it but come back tomorrow and try to win."
Lowry went the distance and allowed just a pair of singles by Hudson, as the Diamondbacks' streak of consecutive games with at least one extra-base hit came to an end after 71 games.

NOTES, QUOTES
--1B Tony Clark left the club in San Diego and returned to Phoenix for an MRI on his ailing right shoulder. Results weren't available Monday, but manager Bob Melvin said the exam was mostly for Clark's peace of mind before he begins a minor league rehab assignment.
--RHP Brandon Webb was encouraged with his bullpen session over the weekend and believes he's worked out a couple of minor flaws in his delivery. He looks to improve upon his 13-5 record Tuesday against the Giants at AT&T Park. Webb has battled some control problems in his past two starts after missing a turn in the rotation due to a sore elbow.
--LHP Brett Anderson, Arizona's second-round draft pick, has indicated he will enroll in classes in the next day or two at Oklahoma State if the Diamondbacks can't finalize the right contract for him to sign. General partner Jeff Moorad said the club was aware of the deadline, and added, "We're moving closer to an agreement. Hopefully, we can resolve our last differences and make a deal."
--Manager Bob Melvin reiterated that RHP Jorge Julio will remain the club's closer despite a series of recent tough outings.
--Diamondbacks cross-checkers Kendall Carter, Ed Durkin and Kris Kline will get interviews for the club's vacant scouting director position, as will assistant scouting director Chad McDonald, who has temporarily assumed those duties since the departure of Mike Rizzo to the Nationals.
BY THE NUMBERS: 8 -- Home runs this season by Arizona's No. 4 hitter in the order through the first 122 games. The most productive spots for long balls had come in the Nos. 2 and 3 holes (19 apiece).
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I remember we won the league championship one year and that was fun, but honestly, if you're asking me what I remember most about Little League, it was like any other kid. If we won, we got to go to Dairy Queen. You got to spend two dollars, which was a ton, but we always used to push for that extra quarter so you could get the best thing they had. I think that's what you should remember about Little League." -- SS Craig Counsell, while discussing the Little League World Series and a team from the Phoenix area that had made it the tournament in Williamsport, Pa.

ROSTER REPORT
MEDICAL WATCH:
RHP Greg Aquino went on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 8 with tightness in his forearm. He threw sliders off flat ground Aug. 20.
OF Jeff DaVanon went on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 6 with a left ankle sprain. He reported on Aug. 20 that he's getting close to starting a rehab assignment.
INF Andy Green went on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 2 with an inflamed left shoulder.
1B Tony Clark went on the disabled list retroactive to July 17 with a sore right shoulder. He began swinging the bat July 25, his first baseball activity, and took batting practice on July 28. He played catch July 31 and long-toss Aug. 9. He was getting closer to a minor league rehab assignment.
SS Craig Counsell went on the disabled list July 15 with a fractured rib. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson on Aug. 17. He is expected to be activated Aug. 22.

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