Nine days removed from an emergency appendectomy, Curt Schilling said he needs more time to regain post-pitch mobility.
As a result, the Diamondbacks on Monday placed the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 18. Schilling is scheduled to start against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, assuming all goes well.
“My arm wasn’t the issue,” said Schilling, who threw a bullpen session on Monday. “But I never thought about the mobility aspect of it coming back. When I saw I wasn’t going to be able to move like I need to, getting off the mound and fielding my position, that would be what I had to work on.”
Arizona filled the roster spot by activating catcher Rod Barajas, who had been on the DL with a left hamstring strain.
For Schilling, control is also an issue, and he indicated that it was much better during his Monday session. He is expected to throw batting practice on Wednesday.
“Command is such a part of his game, and we want to give him the extra time to make sure he can put the ball where he wants to,” manager Bob Brenly said.
With Schilling pushed back to Saturday, rookie Andrew Good will get the ball for Thursday’s series finale against Florida. In his first big-league start on April 22 at Montreal, Good took the loss, allowing five hits and four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
The D-Backs wasted no time getting Barajas back into the big-league flow, as he was in the starting lineup on Monday.
The hamstring responded well to a heavy workload last week in Tucson. Barajas spent two days at extended spring training, then played in four games — three at catcher and one as the DH, going 7-for-16 (.438) with a home run and four RBIs — for the Class AAA Sidewinders.
“Everything felt fine,” Barajas said. “I hit well, so I get to test it on the bases a lot, going from first to third, hitting a double and going home. I had no problems.”
THE DAY AFTER
Brenly said that Randy Johnson, who on Sunday came off the disabled list (sore right knee) to make his first start since April 11, felt OK on Monday.
“He had some muscle soreness, which is to be expected because he hadn’t pitched in a while,” Brenly said, “but there’s no swelling in the knee, which is very encouraging. We don’t see a reason why he won’t be able to stay on his regular routine now.”
By recording 10 and 12 strikeouts, respectively, during Sunday’s doubleheader at New York, Brandon Webb and Johnson became the first teammates in 19 years with at least 10 K’s while starting both ends of a twinbill.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time it happened was also at Shea Stadium, on April 14, 1974, when Mets pitchers Jon Matlack (10) and Jerry Koosman (11) started against Philadelphia. New York lost both games that day — as it did against Arizona on Sunday.
Matt Williams’ home run on Sunday tied him with Carlton Fisk for 51st on the all-time list with 376.
The D-Backs have not yet heard from Major League Baseball regarding a suspension appeal hearing date for Miguel Batista. The pitcher received a 10-game punishment for his role in an April 20 brawl in St. Louis.