PHOENIX — Let’s be honest, the last couple of weeks weren’t kind to the D-backs.
First, one day ahead of they left for Questionnaire, Australia, they found out that ace and anticipated Opening Evening starter Patrick Corbin would be shed for the season with a divided ulnar collateral ligament.
Then the D-backs fallen both games of the Opening Series to the National Nfl West-rival Dodgers.
And finally, upon their go back to Arizona, they learned that eighth-inning set up man David Hernandez also stood a torn UCL and could be headed for Tommy Bob surgery.
‘Initially, we had a tough full week last week,’ D-backs manager Kirk Gibson mentioned Saturday morning just prior to the crew’s final Spring Training game against the Cubs. ‘But I sensed like today guys came in, real good frame of mind, very good energy. They can see the start of season coming, and we are excited about it.’
Gibson is aware in which fans might not share which sentiment and instead could be concerned that the injuries may shift the D-backs from competition to pretender status before they even ‘reopen’ their season tonight from 6:40 MST against the The big boys at Chase Field.
‘Virtually every team is going to have obstacles to overcome throughout the year,’ Gibson said. ‘We’ve received some that have hit people early, and we’ll be sturdy and have to fight through the idea.’
For a precedent, Gibson thinks back to his first full season seeing that manager in 2011.
The D-backs did not perform well that spring, in addition to coming off a 97-loss year they were picked to finish near to the bottom of the National Little league West.
Instead, the D-backs went on to help win 94 games in addition to capture the division identify before losing in more innings in Game 5 on the NL Division Series.
‘I don’t think anyone was thinking we were about to do anything in 2011,’ Gibson mentioned. ‘I know what we believe in, which is the important thing. I understand that people journey the emotional roller coaster, but being involved at our degree, that’s not what you do. You are writing your own story, your own eye sight.’
That story will start once again Wednesday with Brandon McCarthy getting the starting nod for the D-backs against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
If you’re looking for good signs amid your ominous ones this spring, McCarthy is certainly one of them. The right-hander has become the team’s most consistent pitcher this spring, which is important after he suffered through an injury-plagued season in The year 2013.
Gibson chuckled at the preseason predictions which get made each year.
‘There’s going to be various predictions on who’s about to win it,’ he was quoted saying. ‘Nobody knows. We don’t know. You don’t know. But that’s what’s exciting: We get to find out, we get to start the journey to find out. That’s the fun element about it.
‘Players and athletes and people who compete and believe in their selves, they actually cherish people questioning them. That all begins upon Monday. We’re definitely all set.’