LOS ANGELES - Randy Johnson still has a room for his drum kit in his Paradise Valley home, where he also displays his collection of sports and musical memorabilia.
Guitars once owned by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and friend Kim Thayil, a member of the Seattle grunge band Soundgarden and an attendee at Johnson’s wedding, are among the items Johnson showed Fox Sports Net Arizona’s Todd Walsh during the first extended interview Johnson has done from his home.
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“It was a stretch because I don’t conduct interviews at my house,” said Johnson, who guards the separation between his public and private side.
“I never felt it was all that important. I’m not doing 'MTV Cribs,’ you know.”
The interview will air Friday as part of Fox’s “In My Own Words” series.
Johnson displays his baseball memorabilia but not his own awards.
“I collect stuff from other people I admire, whether it’s baseball or other professions,” he said.
BARDEN BACK IN TOWN
The D-Backs recalled Brian Barden from Triple-A Tucson while Chad Tracy missed Wednesday’s game with a sore muscle underneath his left shoulder.
Tracy said he felt the injury during batting practice Tuesday and then again when taking ground balls. He left in the third inning after singling in the first.
“Today it’s really sore,” Tracy said before Wednesday’s game. “Hopefully it will be only a couple of days. We’ll see.”
Barden started at third base and struck out twice Wednesday, and is 1-for-12 in his two stays with the D-Backs. Left-hander Dana Eveland, who gave up three runs in 1 1/3 innings in two appearances, was returned to Tucson.
Tracy has a seven-game hitting streak, during which he is 11-for-21 while raising his average to .292.
Tracy will be examined by team doctors in Arizona today, manager Bob Melvin said.
MORE MOVES COMING
When Micah Owings is activated for his start today, the D-Backs must make another roster move.
If doctors believe Tracy’s injury will cost him two weeks, he could be placed on the disabled list to open a spot. Otherwise, the D-Backs are expected to return a position player to Tucson.
They face another pitching decision when Juan Cruz (shoulder soreness) returns from the disabled list. He is eligible to rejoin the D-Backs on Sunday.
General partner Jeff Moorad soon will have “chief executive officer” added to his title, the D-Backs confirmed after it was originally reported in the Los Angeles Times. The change will not affect Moorad’s role as the head of day-to-day operations. …
The Mets, in for a four-game series starting today, lead the NL in batting average and are second in runs while surviving the cooler weather in the East. “Now you get to a place like ours where it’s a controlled atmosphere and the ball carries to all fields,” Melvin said. “We deal with that a lot. Teams love to come to our place and hit, especially power-hitting clubs.”