LOS ANGELES - Chad Tracy and the Diamondbacks know how to keep a secret. Tracy was held out of the lineup Sunday after aggravating a left knee injury that has bothered him since . . . spring training.
Tracy, hitting .277 with a team-high 77 RBIs, has played all season with tendinitis that on some days is worse than others.
Although Tracy has not had an MRI, he has taken ice treatment virtually every day.
“Hopefully the tendons are just inflamed and rest will take care of it,” Tracy said.
“Some days are worse than others. I’m not going to say it affected my season.”
Tracy, who signed $13.25 million contract extension May 15, has set career highs in virtually every offensive category — hits (160), doubles (40), runs (87), RBIs (77), stolen bases (five), walks (51) and strikeouts (128).
He also has committed 25 errors, 24 at third base and one at first. Shortstops Rafael Furcal, Felipe Lopez and Carlos Guillen have a major league-leading 27 errors, the only players with more than Tracy. Edwin Encarnacion also has 25.
“It’s just confidence at times. You throw a couple of balls away, and at times that gets in your head,” manager Bob Melvin said of Tracy’s errors.
PRICE GETS A GAME BALL
Miguel Batista handed pitching coach Bryan Price the game ball after finishing the sixth inning Saturday, when the D-Backs became the first staff in the major leagues to have three pitchers with 200 innings.
“He deserves it. He’s done a hell of a job as a pitching coach,” Batista said.
Batista set a career high with 202 1 /3 innings by going eight innings Saturday. Brandon Webb is third in the NL with 223 innings while Livan Hernandez has 209, 62 1 /3 with the D-Backs.
Batista kept the game ball after the seventh inning and placed it in his locker after all three signed it.
The D-Backs’ rookies, including first-year strength and conditioning coach Nate Shaw, found wrestling singlets and head gear in their cubicles when the game ended, their turn for the annual dress-up hazing ritual.
Luis Gonzalez and Craig Counsell found the singlets online and had them delivered especially for the leg to San Francisco, because the rookies are dropped off about three blocks from the hotel and forced to walk through Union Square to the hotel.
“J.D. (Drew) sent me his email address and told me to take plenty of pictures and send them to him,” said Gonzalez about this year’s victims, who include Stephen Drew.
Orlando Hudson left the team Sunday morning to deal with a personal family issue in Atlanta. He is to be gone a day or two, Melvin said, but is expected to rejoin the team on its final stop on this trip in San Francisco. . . .
Hitting coach Mike Aldrete’s decision is official — he will not return to the D-Backs next season and will enter private business in his home town of Monterey, Calif., to spend more time with his wife and three children.
“It’s been a balancing act,” Aldrete said.