NEW YORK - Curt Schilling's return to the Diamondbacks’ rotation from an appendectomy will not come until Thursday at the earliest.
After a bullpen session Saturday at Bank One Ballpark, Schilling told team officials that although he felt fine physically, he was not happy with his command.
Pitching coach Chuck Kniffin said Sunday that Schilling will throw another side session today, meaning — given his usual routine — the soonest he can start is Thursday.
If, after today's session, the team decides not to use Schilling before Saturday, Arizona can put him on the disabled list retroactive to April 18. That would allow the Diamondbacks to add a player, and Schilling could come off the DL any time after Friday.
Should that happen, rookie Andrew Good would probably make Thursday's start.
Schilling defeated Colorado with a complete game April 17 but had his appendix removed two days later in St. Louis.
Byung-Hyun Kim will start Tuesday and, pending the appeal of his 10-game suspension for his role in an April 20 brawl in St. Louis, Miguel Batista is scheduled for Wednesday. No date is set for the appeal.
Mark Grace is the Mike Wallace of the Diamondbacks: the old guy you can count on seeing every Sunday.
Playing for the first time in a week, Grace homered and drove in four runs in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. He had not played since suffering a groin strain in the fight at St. Louis.
“It was fun to play, it was fun to contribute,” said Grace, whose last four-RBI game was Aug. 12, 2001. “Even the outs, the swings felt good.”
Three of Grace's past four starts have come on Sundays.
Catcher Rod Barajas, on the disabled list since April 7 because of a strained left hamstring, was to play nine innings Sunday for Class AAA Tucson as his rehabilitation assignment continues. Team officials played coy about a timetable for activating Barajas but admitted the move could come today.
“It sounds like everything's going real well for Rod,” manager Bob Brenly said.
Barajas, who was to be Schilling's personal catcher this season, was 5-for-12 in three games for Tucson heading into Sunday's play.
The Diamondbacks opted to televise only Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader rather than try to clear extra programming time with their affiliates in Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas. The team will add another game to the KTVK-TV (Channel 3) schedule later in the season to make up for Saturday's rainout.
Despite the two wins Sunday, the Diamondbacks have clinched their first losing April since going 7-19 in 1998. Arizona is 10-14 this month with three games remaining.