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Webb, Qualls and Snyder making progress

Checked in with D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes today about the health of Brandon Webb, Chad Qualls and Chris Snyder.

Webb (shoulder) continues to make progress and threw off the mound for the second time Friday. He’ll throw at least one more bullpen session before reporting to Tucson for next Saturday’s first workout for pitchers and catchers.

Qualls (knee) turned the corner in his recovery in Dec. and has been throwing off the mound and should be ready for the start of camp. It’s possible the team will have him throw a couple fewer innings than normal during the Cactus League as a precaution. Short relievers need less time to get ready obviously than starting pitchers so whether he winds up throwing 10 or seven innings this spring should not matter.

“I don’t think he needs six weeks to be ready,” Byrnes said. “So I think we will assess what is necessary for him to do, but he’s ready to go.”

Snyder (back) has caught at least one of Webb’s bullpen session and is also on pace to be a full go when camp opens.

“Snyder looks great,” Byrnes said. “Like with the others, we will be smart about it, but watching him, he looks real good right now.”

Thoughts on Kelly Johnson signing

A couple of notes on the D-backs signing of Kelly Johnson today and what it could mean going forward:

— D-backs manager A.J. Hinch had lunch with Johnson on Wednesday and is optimistic about Johnson rebounding from a sub-par 2009.

“He’s a nice addition for us,” Hinch said. “He knows how to put together an at-bat. He’s a high character guy and a good worker.”

Johnson was 7-for-9 in the stolen base department last year and Hinch could see that total increasing.

“He wants to run a little bit more,” Hinch said. “He’s a good base runner and could be a better base stealer. It’s something he’s going to work hard on.”

— As to what the signing means for other infielders on the roster I think some have been a little quick to say that Augie Ojeda is certain to be traded.

The team signed Johnson with the idea that he is going to be the starter at second so that would push Tony Abreu into a backup role, which in fact could make Ojeda the odd man out. It’s also possible that the team could keep Ojeda and give Abreu some additional time in Triple-A.

Hanging onto Ojeda at least during the spring would make sense. The D-backs learned the hard way last year that a perceived surplus at a position can disappear in a hurry. Remember when we talked last spring about how Bob Melvin was going to find playing time for all his outfielders?

As for Ryan Roberts, he’ll still get a chance to earn some at-bats both at second and in left field. If Conor Jackson ends up playing a lot of first base, Gerardo Parra and Roberts could be a good combination in left.

— As far as whether the D-backs are done with their winter moves, it’s hard to say. They are almost right at their budget for 2010, but they could end up spending a little more than they planned if a quality free agent is still sitting there in late-January/early-February and is willing to sign for a big discount.

The team could also have some money to spend if it deals catcher Chris Snyder and the $4.75 million he is owed next season.

— The addition of Johnson along with a return to health of Conor Jackson should help lengthen the D-backs’ lineup. Both are players that know how to put together good at-bats and work deep counts.

D-backs not done yet

The D-backs have solidified their bullpen and given their starting rotation a new look this offseason.

Their work, however, is not done yet.

With about $3 million left in their budget, the D-backs have an offer out to free agent Kelly Johnson and expect to hear in the next couple of days whether the former Braves’ second baseman will accept it.

Johnson is a player the D-backs have long liked. Though he has played some outfield, Arizona appear to be interested in Johnson as a second baseman.

If Johnson were to accept their offer and get the starting nod at second, the D-backs could shift Tony Abreu into a utility infield role. That would make infielder Augie Ojeda expendable. The team learned during the Winter Meetings that there is interest in Ojeda so moving him would probably not be a problem.

The D-backs could also elect to keep Ojeda initially and give Abreu more seasoning at the Triple-A level.

Even though signing Johnson would put them at their budget, the D-backs could wind up with some wiggle room if they were able to trade Chris Snyder and the $4.75 million he is owed next season. The D-backs had agreed to trade Snyder to Toronto earlier during the offseason in exchange for first baseman Lyle Overbay, but the Blue Jays backed out of the deal due to concerns about Snyder’s surgically repaired back.

The D-backs will also continue to monitor the free agent market to see if one of the prices fall for some players as Spring Training approaches.

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C.J. Wilson’s reaction

Yeah, I know I’m a little behind on posting this, but Rangers reliever C.J. Wilson tweeted the following when he saw T.R. Sullivan’s post that the D-backs offered catcher Chris Snyder for Wilson during the meetings:

borderline offended by az’s offer…dude hit 200!

Snyder a late scratch

Chris Snyder was scratched from the starting lineup after batting practice when he experienced tightness in his left glute.

Not sure if this is related at all to the lower back strain that put him on the disabled list — and opened the door for Miguel Montero to claim the starting catching position.

It seems to me that the D-backs need Snyder to not only be healthy, but to start swinging the bat better down the stretch. Not so much because of what it would mean on the field for the team, but because of what it will do to his trade value this offseason.

If the D-backs do intend to go with Montero as the starter next year — and it sure appears they do — then they will almost certainly see what they can get on the trade market for Snyder in the offseason. From that standpoint it is important that Snyder not only be healthy, but also producing if the team hopes to maximize the return they could get for him.

It will certainly be a juggling act for A.J. Hinch to try and give Snyder enough playing time to try and get him going a bit offensively, while still giving Montero the playing time he has earned.

D-backs react to comments by Reynolds

DENVER — One day after first baseman Mark Reynolds called out his teammates for a lack of effort, the D-backs seemed to be a team with some internal turmoil.

D-backs manager A.J. Hinch left second baseman Felipe Lopez and center fielder Chris Young out of the starting lineup, but was not specific about whether he did it to send a message about a lack of effort.

When asked if anything should be read into who was in the lineup and who was not, Hinch said, “It’s your call.”

It sure seemed like Hinch was trying to send a message because while a manager generally will not say he is sending a message, if he is not he usually makes it pretty clear that he’s not.

Meanwhile in the clubhouse, Reynolds stuck behind his prior comments.

“I had cameras in my face nine minutes after the game and I was real mad about how we played, about a lot of stuff,” Reynolds said Saturday. “Stuff came out pretty hot, but everything that I said I felt needed to be said.”

What’s interesting is that Reynolds chose to share his feelings about his teammates to the media rather than address them during one of the many meetings the team has had where players have spoken or directly to the player or players he thought were responsible.

“When we have team meetings I don’t say anything,” Reynolds said. “I don’t have a lot of time in this game. I just haven’t felt like it was my place, but like I said I was pretty hot last night and when you’re upset and you have things on your mind and you have an outlet to say it, it just all boiled over.”

Count catcher Chris Snyder among those that was in agreement with Reynolds had to say.

“Everything that was said was dead on,” Snyder said. “I think there’s a lack of a lot of things. The main thing being heart. Guys around feel like they should be owed something, everything should be given to them, they don’t have to fight, they don’t have to compete. They just go out there, put a smile on their face on every first and 15th of the month and other than that it’s ho hum. Winning doesn’t matter as long as they get to the first and 15th they’ll be happy.

“You can’t play that way and expect to compete. We lack certain things, heart being one, at certain times brains and more times than not guts. Those are three things that are needed to win.”

Snyder, who is on the disabled list with a lower back problem, was asked if he had expressed that to his teammates.

“I’ve been quiet,” he said. “I’ve been real quiet because I’m at the point where I’m tired of saying. It’s time to do. You can say all you want. Right now I can’t do so I’m not going to say. There’s been enough saying.”

Young took the opposite approach and instead defended his teammates and by extension, himself.

“I care, the guys in the clubhouse care,” Young said. “We don’t like losing, we’re not accepting losing. It’s not something where we’re going out there, we’re not lacking effort. It may look like that if you watch the game, I’m in the outfield, I know what it looks like. It looks like guys aren’t giving effort, but that’s not the case.

“Everybody is busting it. Everybody wants to win. Nobody in our clubhouse is accepting losing, is taking the year and going through the motions. I don’t know how people are reacting to the comments Mark said or how the fans are taking it. I just want to make it clear that we’re busting our butts, nobody’s slacking. Guys want to win and guys care. Everyone is just trying to find their own way to make it happen.”

Ace Dan Haren was asked if he thought that effort was the issue.

“I don’t know if it’s a mental thing,” Haren said. “It’s hard for me to judge that. But like I said after starts I can look in the mirror and tell myself that I’ve given that effort and I hope that everyone else can.”

Listening to Young, though, it sounded like there was plenty of caring in the clubhouse.

“There’s plenty of guys in this clubhouse that don’t sleep at night because we don’t win ballgames,” Young said. “There are plenty guys who are [mad] when we have a sloppy inning. There’s plenty of guys who are angry when we lose consecutive games, when we don’t win a series. Our entire clubhouse cares.”

It’s hard to know where the D-backs go from here. Maybe Reynolds’ comments will prove to by a catalyst. It appears as though the meetings have not helped and the team has a worse record since the managerial change so that was not a cure all either.

“Who knows what the next step is,” Snyder asked before answering his own question. “Grow up, be a man.”

Snyder making progress

Catcher Chris Snyder hit off the tee Friday for the second time since going on the disabled list June 23 with a lower back strain.

Snyder also walked the stairs at Coors Field in the afternoon.

Whereas in the past the rotation from swinging the bat led to tightness in the back he did not feel that Friday.

“I had felt it for about two or three weeks before going on the DL,” he said. “But it didn’t bother me on rotation until the last game I played in Kansas City. Then it started bothering me when I swung the bat. If it was a different kind of injury, I would probably play through it, but because of the position I play and the way I play it I can’t.”

Snyder said that an MRI taken of his back showed a slight bulge in the left disc and a slight strain in the ligament. He is hoping to be able to maybe catch a bullpen session just prior to the All-Star Break.

Snyder: Time to get on board

PHOENIX — Chris Snyder was one of players closest Bob Melvin so it’s no surprise that he had trouble dealing with Melvin’s firing last week.

After a meeting with new manager A.J. Hinch, Snyder said it’s time to move forward.

“I had a good talk with him,” Snyder said. “He was understanding of the relationship that I had with Mel and it was a good talk. I had the day going back and forth and the wonders and everything. Then you come to the park today and the one thing that was going through my head was ‘Why the heck not?'”

Melvin’s popularity with his players combined with Hinch’s lack of managing or coaching experience means the new skipper will need to earn the respect of his new charges. Snyder, though, set the tone for that Saturday.

“The 25 guys in this room still have to go out there and play,” Snyder said. “That [the managerial change] has been made. There’s a new guy at the top. Play for him like you’d play for anybody. It’s one of those things where if we want this, if we want to right this ship, we’ve got to trust him. He told us he was going to be very demanding and he’s going to push us. He said he’s going to be demanding and driven. It’s time to go, man. It’s time to go play. Let’s put our trust in him. I’ll be the first one to say it. Here we go.”

Hinch showed his sense of humor during his pregame session with the media Saturday.

“I have experience now,” he joked with one game under his belt. “Still proud of the double switch and the argument.”

In fact, the game was actually the most relaxing part of the day for Hinch.

As he drove home Friday night, he said he replayed the key points of game over and over in his mind, but sleep came relatively easily.

“When I went to bed last night I think it was a little more about a breath of air after a long day of high emotion, high stress,” he said.

No doubt getting a public show of support from one of the team’s leaders also will help put him at ease a bit.

“If it’s going to take someone to come out and say screw it, let’s go. I’ll be the first one. I’m on board. We’ve got to get everybody on board. We have to believe the decision was made for a reason and the more we question it the more time goes by. We need to focus on what’s going on on the field. The sooner everybody in here can say I’m on board let’s go, the better off we’ll be.”