LOS ANGELES -- The news of his trade from the Red Sox to the D-backs caught Matt Albers off guard, but the right-hander was looking forward to getting started with his new club.
"I like it," Albers said of the move to the National League. "I'm excited. I think it's a new opportunity. You know, just obviously facing some different hitters, so that's going to be a little bit of an adjustment, but I think I'm ready for it and excited. "
Albers, 29, was originally drafted in 2001 by the Astros and spent the first two years of his big league career in the NL before moving over to the Orioles and then the Red Sox.
With Baltimore, he played with current D-backs setup man David Hernandez.
"He just texted me," Albers said of Hernandez. "A guy from Baltimore who's down in their bullpen, so I've heard good things. Been out there, nice park, looks like a good place to play. I'm excited."
With Boston this year, Albers was 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA in 40 games.
"He did a fabulous job with our team," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He went from being kind of a middle guy to a guy I totally trusted later in the game. He did a great job. We only wish him luck."
The D-backs plan to use Albers in late-inning situations.
Gibson agrees to Bobblehead Night in LA
LOS ANGELES -- It took some convincing, but D-backs manager Kirk Gibson eventually agreed to allow the Dodgers to hold Kirk Gibson Bobblehead Night on Tuesday.
Gibson typically shuns the spotlight, especially when it comes to individual awards or recognition.
"Actually, it's not my style, to be honest with you," Gibson said. "I guess I've changed a little bit over the years. I dislike the Dodgers and I say that in a competitive respectful way, and yet I do have a history here. A very cool thing happened while I was here, I got to experience a world championship with some great teammates."
The bobblehead features Gibson in his home run trot after his legendary homer in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. The right arm on the bobblehead moves simulating the fist pump that Gibson displayed as he rounded second base.
Gibson declined the Dodgers' invitation to throw out the first pitch, and instead requested that Dodgers clubhouse manager Mitch Poole do it. Poole was a bat boy in 1988, and he was the one who put the balls on the batting tee as Gibson took some swings in the batting cage to determine if he would be available to pinch-hit. It was Poole who was dispatched from the cage to the dugout to let then-manager Tommy Lasorda know that Gibson was ready.
Speaking of Lasorda, he visited with Gibson in the visiting manager's office for about 20 minutes on Tuesday.
"He told me some stories that he thought I might have forgotten," Gibson said with a smile.
Lasorda also good-naturedly chastised Gibson for hating the Dodgers.
"He said, 'Let me remind you that if you don't bleed Dodger blue then you're not going to go to heaven,'" Gibson said.
Back pain keeps Bloomquist out of lineup
LOS ANGELES -- D-backs shortstop Willie Bloomquist has been bothered the past couple of days with back pain and has been unavailable to play.
"We're going to give him some more time off and get that straightened out," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said on Tuesday.
The team is hopeful that Bloomquist will not need to go on the disabled list, but the back issue could be a reason why shortstop Stephen Drew was not dealt before the Trade Deadline.
Gibson said the team had not yet decided whether outfielder Scott Podsednik, one of the players the team acquired Tuesday, would report to Triple-A Reno or join the big league squad. One factor could be the health of Bloomquist. If he needs to go on the DL, it's possible the team could use Podsednik in a reserve role.
"We'll see how he feels when he gets up," Gibson said when he was asked if Bloomquist would be available Wednesday. "[The trainers] have been working on him. He's had it before, and it's usually a day or two thing."