Scherzer Deadline Approaches for Diamondbacks

Scherzer Deadline Approaches for Diamondbacks

Will Max Scherzer play for the Arizona Diamondbacks organiozation? We will know for sure by Thursday morning. ALSO: The Diamondbacks win their fifth straight, and Mark Reynolds continues to remind some people of another Mark.

INSIDE PITCH

They went to the last minute with Justin Upton. They went to the last second with Stephen Drew. Maybe things will be the same Wednesday night (at midnight Eastern time) when the Diamondbacks come to the bitter end in negotiations with first-round draft pick Max Scherzer.

If the Diamondbacks don't agree to terms with the right-handed pitcher and former first-round draft pick come Wednesday night, Scherzer will re-enter the draft.

"We'll give it our best shot," Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes said. "We'll see what happens, but it could come right down to the wire."

Byrnes has had several conversations with agent Scott Boras regarding a possible deal for Scherzer, and there were some indications within the organization this past weekend that the deal would get done.

The Diamondbacks were said to be offering a deal around $3 million, and one source within the club indicated Monday that Scherzer would be in the fold come Wednesday.

Scherzer was 1-0 after three starts for the independent Fort Worth Cats, and had a 0.56 ERA with 25 strikeouts after his first 16 innings.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, PHILLIES 4: The Diamondbacks avoided a potential setback Monday, as major league saves leader Jose Valverde couldn't batten down the hatches and Brandon Lyon had to come on and protect Doug Davis down the stretch as the Diamondbacks won their fifth straight game.

Lyon replaced Valverde in the bottom of the ninth at Citizens Bank Park after the closer had nearly blown a 5-1 lead. He got Rod Barajas to fly out to deep right field on a 3-2 pitch with runners at the corners, preserving the victory for Davis (3-6).

Conor Jackson went 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs, but nearly lost it for the Diamondbacks when he let a ball get by him at first base as the Phillies made a late comeback attempt against Valverde.

NOTES, QUOTES

--LHP Randy Johnson threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Monday in Philadelphia and is still on target to make his next start Wednesday against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. He missed his last start because of what the club called tendonitis in his left forearm.

--3B Chad Tracy hit off the tee and will take light batting practice on Tuesday in his efforts to make a return from the disabled list, where he has been for several days with a ribcage strain.

--RHP Micah Owings, who makes another start again Tuesday, hit .382 with six doubles and a homer last season in Class AA and Triple-A.

--3B Mark Reynolds bruised his left shin on a railing while chasing a foul ball down the left-field line, but after some treatment, he is expected to be in the starting lineup again Tuesday.

--Manager Bob Melvin on Reynolds during batting practice: "I've never seen anything like it. It reminds you of (Mark) McGwire in his day, when he was hitting balls over bleachers and out of buildings."

--LHP Doug Davis didn't allow a walk on Monday for the first time in 13 starts dating back to last season when he was with the Brewers.

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