Stomach bug hits D-backs clubhouse

Stomach bug hits D-backs clubhouse

Stomach bug hits D-backs clubhouse
SAN DIEGO -- Maybe it's a product of seven straight losses to the Padres, but something about San Diego has the D-backs sick to their stomachs.

Literally.

The D-backs have been snakebitten by a nasty stomach bug since their arrival in San Diego, an illness that first emerged in Friday night's starter Tyler Skaggs, who was sick Thursday night.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt was the next to feel its effects, forcing Arizona manager Kirk Gibson to make him a late scratch from the starting lineup Friday night, though Goldschmidt did pinch-hit in the seventh inning.

"I was up [in the clubhouse] and I was resting, and I knew the pitcher was coming up in the fifth, so I was moving around," Goldschmidt said. "I took some swings and felt fine."

Goldschmidt said he was feeling much better Saturday, and was back in the starting lineup, but the same could not be said for his Friday replacement, Ryan Wheeler, nor pitchers Brad Bergesen or David Hernandez, who had gotten the bug by pregame Saturday.

Gibson said he was considering starting Wheeler, who had two doubles and three RBIs filling in for Goldschmidt on Friday, but couldn't after he saw Wheeler walk into his office.

"I was thinking about it, but I called him in here and looked at him and he was not very colorful," Gibson said. "Same with [Goldschmidt yesterday]. They say 'I'll be OK, I can do it,' and then just watching them move around, they're really sick."

The origin of that sickness is a mystery, as initially Goldschmidt and Skaggs thought they might have had food poisoning. But the rapid spread to other members of the club seems to suggest it's just a hard-hitting stomach bug.

"We've got a bad bug going through here," Gibson said. "It strikes hard fast. It's pretty intense."