Notes: Davis struggles in loss to Seattle

Notes: Davis struggles in loss to Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. -- It was not the greatest of days for Doug Davis.

The left-hander allowed six runs on 10 hits and walked four over four innings against the Mariners on Monday afternoon at Peoria Stadium.

"I thought I threw the ball a lot better than what the results [were]," Davis said. "I had one bad inning. I fought my way through it. You're going to have those during the year so it's a good warm up for that. They didn't miss many pitches."

The four walks could be a concern for a pitcher who is making a concerted effort to cut down on the free passes after struggling with that last year, but Davis thought that some of his pitchers may have been better than he was given credit for.

"Whether or not the inside part of the plate was there for him or not today is probably up for debate," manager Bob Melvin said.

Said Davis, "I'm not trying to nibble. I'm trying to make them swing the bats. I gave up 10 hits so they are swinging the bat. I just hit the barrel too many times today."

Still waiting: Outfielder Carlos Quentin had an MRI taken of his on left shoulder but had not heard the results by the time by the time Monday's game had ended.

"We'll see," he said, "but I really don't think it's too serious."

Game time: Randy Johnson threw what will likely be his final session of batting practice on Monday morning on a back field.

The Big Unit threw 54 pitches to six hitters, including outfielder Jeff DaVanon, and after five bullpen sessions and two sessions of BP his next step will probably come in a game.

"I think this time ... I took it a little bit easier than I did the last time," Johnson said. "Just trying to get to where I need to be so I can get into a game. I think that's what we're shooting for -- next week hopefully I'll be in a game."

Johnson got noticeably sharper as the session went on, getting good bite on sliders that fooled some of the right-handed hitters.

"We saw some check swings on some sliders down and in that we've seen a lot of in the past," Melvin said. "He felt great out there. Each time he's out there he feels that much better. I don't know that it could have gone any better. What impressed me the most is after the first few pitches leaving them out there a little bit to the righties, he started to get command of this [inside] side of the plate, which is very important for him."

The five-time Cy Young Award winner is anxious to face hitters wearing a different uniform.

"You don't know what you have until you get in a competitive (game)," he said. "I feel good enough, I'm at that point right now and then it's just a matter of doing enough of it so I get game ready."

Ace on track: Brandon Webb (stiff neck) threw a bullpen session and is still slated to pitch in a game on Thursday.

"Threw my bullpen and it went well," Webb said. "[The neck] is feeling better. Finally, it seemed like it was going to last forever."

Still battling: Micah Owings allowed two runs on five hits over three innings. As has happened a couple of times to him this spring, the right-hander struggled initially before settling in and pitching his way out of a jam.

'Struggled a little bit early with his command, but ended up making some pitches to get himself out [of it]," Melvin said. "Every time he's had a little trouble early on with some batters, he's responded."

Sunscreen: Melvin was none too pleased with the way his team played Monday, calling it "sloppy." What particularly seemed to irritate him is the trouble some players had with flyballs hit into the sun.

"I don't care about the sun, everybody's got to play with that out there," Melvin said. "You've got to deal with it. We haven't looked good on some sun balls this spring and certainly today, too. It's just something you're going to have to get used to. You can't hide from the sun here. You've got to learn to get around it and do whatever you have to do to catch those balls."

Up next: The D-backs return to Tucson Electric Park at 1:05 p.m. MT on Tuesday to take on the Mariners. Edgar Gonzalez will start for the D-backs against Jeff Weaver.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.