Kubel gladly returns to regular routine

Kubel gladly returns to regular routine

Kubel gladly returns to regular routine
PHOENIX -- When the D-backs hit the road last week for three-game stops in Arlington and Anaheim, outfielder Jason Kubel didn't play one out of defense, instead filling the designated-hitter role.

Yet, despite only batting, the 30-year-old's body didn't get a break. In fact, the DH position had the opposite effect.

"This last week has been the most sore I've been all year, as weird as it sounds," Kubel said. "You just don't stay loose. It happens every now and then, there are just some sudden movements and sprints here and there that don't feel too good."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson related the phenomenon to what occasionally happens when players come back to the field after a day off.

"Sometimes you come back from an off-day sorer than when you left," Gibson said. "You get out of schedule, your daily routine. When you interrupt you're routine, it interrupts your flow. But they all take care of themselves very well. They know how to replenish their body.

Spending the first seven years of his career in the American League with the Twins, Kubel had gone through extended periods as designated hitter before, but the veteran was more than pleased to see his name penciled in at left field Monday at Chase Field.

"It's nice to get out there and feel more into it and stay loose," Kubel said. "I've gone longer without playing the field, so it'll take care of itself real soon."