6/24/2014 10:12 P.M. ET
Bauer returns to Chase Field with Indians
By Steve Gilbert and Adam Lichtenstein / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Three years after the D-backs took him third overall in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, and a year and a half after they traded him to the Indians, Trevor Bauer was back at Chase Field.
The Indians' 23-year-old right-hander only started four games for the D-backs before they dealt him, but he said he doesn't focus on being traded early in his career.
"I learned a lot from my time here and I learned a lot in the two years since I've been gone," Bauer said. "They decided to go a different direction, and I hope it worked out the way they wanted it to work out, and ultimately I got to get better as a pitcher."
The Indians have benefited from that trade this season. In addition to receiving Bauer, they also picked up relief pitcher Bryan Shaw, who has a 2.95 ERA since arriving in Cleveland. Two other players, outfielder Drew Stubbs and reliever Matt Albers, are no longer with the team.
But Bauer was the centerpiece of the trade for the Indians, who gave up five players as part of the three-team trade with the D-backs and Reds.
"Any time you get a chance to get a 21- or 22-year-old pitcher, yeah, that's a big, big piece," manager Terry Francona said.
Bauer split 2013 -- his first year with the Indians -- between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus while working on his delivery. The result has been obvious. After putting up a 5.29 ERA in four big league starts last season, Bauer has improved to 4.40 in eight starts for the Indians in 2014.
"Last year was a tough year for him," Francona said. "[He was] kind of trying to redo his delivery, and at times trying to do it at the Major League level. And when he went back to Triple-A, still had some issues. But he has been open and trying hard to be the best pitcher he can be. That's kind of what we all want."
Bauer won't face his former team on their two-game swing through Arizona, and he doesn't mind that. He'll miss them by two days, going up against the Mariners on Friday in Seattle.
"The next team I'm going to face is Seattle, so I've been focused more so on them," Bauer said. "I really don't have any disappointment and relief that I'm not pitching here. I'm just facing Seattle next and that's what I try to focus on."
Hudson pitches to Trumbo in rehab matchup
PHOENIX -- Two rehabbing D-backs faced off at Chase Field on Tuesday afternoon, with right-hander Daniel Hudson pitching to outfielder Mark Trumbo.
For Hudson, it marked the first time he had faced a hitter since having his second Tommy John surgery performed last June.
"It felt good to get back out there," Hudson said. "It's the first time in a year somebody's tried to actually hit the ball off me so it felt good, good to get out there and get some juices going. I really wasn't hoping for much except for no pain so it was good and I don't have any pain so that's good."
It was the second straight day that Trumbo had faced live pitching. The outfielder is rehabbing from a stress fracture in his left foot that has kept him out of action since April 22.
Hudson will throw a bullpen Friday and then next week just play long toss as the team continues to be conservative with his schedule. Hudson was just a week away from returning last June from his first Tommy John surgery when he re-tore his elbow ligament.
The D-backs have reworked Hudson's mechanics in an attempt to lessen the strain on his elbow and the results so far have been encouraging.
"He looked really sharp," Trumbo said of Hudson. "I'm really happy for him. This is a big time for him, this is pretty cool. He let it loose and his stuff was really, really sharp. It jumped out of his hand. I hadn't seen him before. I definitely went away with a lot of appreciation for the stuff that he's got."
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said it's possible that Hudson could go out on a rehab assignment in early August and be back in the big leagues by September if everything goes according to plan.
Trumbo will continue to face live hitting at the D-backs Spring Training facility and should be running bases by the end of the week. His return is likely to happen either just before or after the All-Star break.
Shipley to play for U.S. in Futures Game
PHOENIX -- The D-backs had one player selected to participate in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
Class A Visalia right-hander Braden Shipley was named Tuesday to the U.S. Team for the game, which will take place on July 13 at Minnesota's Target Field.
Shipley, 22, was the D-backs first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Nevada.
Shipley began the year at Class A South Bend where he went 4-2 with a 3.74 ERA in eight starts before being promoted to Advanced-A Visalia.
In four starts for Visalia, Shipley has compiled a 2.81 ERA.
Goldschmidt doesn't see himself as Derby fit
PHOENIX -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is uncomfortable answering questions about the All-Star Game, preferring to focus on that night's game.
And he really cringes when people assume that he will be selected to play in the game. He is currently in first place among National League first basemen in the voting.
So when asked by reporters if he would be interested in participating in the Gillette Home Run Derby, Goldschmidt first said that he was not sure that he would be selected for the game. Then he said that he did not think he would be a good fit for the Derby.
"You guys see me hit out there, it's not something I'm doing during batting practice," said Goldschmidt, who focuses on using the whole field.
Goldschmidt entered Tuesday's action with 15 homers, sixth-most in the NL. The Derby participants for the NL will be selected by Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
"I don't think I'd do very well if I did try," Goldschmidt said of trying to hit home runs. "So it's not something if they asked that I'd be interested in doing."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
• Shortstop Chris Owings missed his third straight game Tuesday and Gibson said it was not for the reasons he told the media on Sunday.
At the time Gibson said Owings was out due to a left ankle injury. In reality, the ankle injury had pretty much healed, and it was instead his left shoulder that was injured.
Owings sustained the injury on a play at the plate in Friday night's game against the Giants. Gibson did not reveal that it was the shoulder that kept Owings out on Saturday and Sunday because he wanted Giants manager Bruce Bochy to think Owings was available to pinch-hit.
• D-backs top prospect Archie Bradley has completed his rest and rehab from a mild flexor strain in his right elbow.
Bradley will join Double-A Mobile to resume his season. Prior to the injury he had been with Triple-A Reno.
• The D-backs will stay in rotation despite two off-days this week, as Gibson believes the extra rest will help his young pitchers.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.