PHOENIX - After going 0-for-6 in his first eight Major League plate appearances, D-backs outfielder Alfredo Marte finally recorded his first career hit Monday in the third inning, driving a RBI single to center field off Pirates reliever Jeamar Gomez.
The 24-year-old admitted it was a relief to get the milestone out of the way more than a week into the season.
"It felt good, it was amazing," Marte said through a translator. "First hit in the big leagues, it's awesome. It was very emotional for me. It's important to get the first one."
With Marte watching carefully from first base, the outfielder's teammates pretended to toss the ball into the stands after the Pirates threw it over to the dugout. Of course, following a few laughs and congratulations, Marte got his ball back, which he plans to give to his mother back home in the Dominican Republic.
New D-backs reliever Reynolds acclimating well
PHOENIX - As far as first impressions go, Matt Reynolds has introduced himself to the D-backs quite nicely to begin his tenure in the desert.
After a rough Spring Training in which he allowed 11 runs over 11 1/3 innings, the southpaw has tossed five scoreless frames in four appearances to start the 2013 season.
"He's been real good," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "The other day after [Miguel Montero] caught him, he said, 'Now I know why I never got a hit off him.' He's sneaky fast, you can't let the radar gun fool you with him. He throws around 90 mph, but it gets on you quick. He's got good finish on his pitches and he can come at you with a lot of different weapons."
Before being acquired in the offseason, Reynolds spent the first six years of his career with the Rockies, so naturally the move initially caught him off-guard.
"When I first found out, I was a little nervous but then I got a call from [Arizona general manager] Kevin Towers and it kind of put me at ease," Reynolds said. "That was really nice and comforting. And since I've actually been here, it's been great. These guys have been really welcoming and friendly. I can't complain, I've had a great time."
The trade, which sent Ryan Wheeler to Colorado for Reynolds, also meant that the left-hander would be moving from one hitters' park, Coors Field, to another, Chase Field. Although he knows the stadiums play a part, Reynolds tries not to think about the outside factors while he's on the mound.
"'Hitters' ballparks' are kind of a mindset," he said. "If you think about it and you let it affect you, then it does. You just have to go out there and throw strikes and try not to think about it. You'll have more success that way."
As far as his hot start goes, Reynolds is obviously pleased with the results, but doesn't want to get too far ahead of himself so early into the schedule.
"It's a long season; I'm going to hit my rough patches just like everyone else," he said. "That being said, it's a whole lot better than going out there and getting shellacked. You take it, but you never know what's in store for the season."
Moving forward, the club's plan is to use Reynolds in a variety of situations out of the bullpen, taking advantage of the reliever's versatility.
"That's one of the reasons why we liked him," Gibson said. "He can go short, he can go long, he go against righties, he can go against lefties and he gets ready quick. There's a lot to like."
• Barring any setbacks, Daniel Hudson will throw live batting practice on April 16 for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. The right-hander threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is scheduled to throw another one Friday before determining if his arm feels well enough to face live batters.
"He's throwing the ball real well," said D-backs manager Kirk Gibson.
The club expects Hudson to return to the Majors sometime after the All-Star break.
• After originally hoping to be activated Friday from the disabled list, Cody Ross (left half) will instead play one more game for Class A Advanced Visalia on Wednesday before joining Triple-A Reno on Friday for more rehab work. Gibson hopes the outfielder will be able to play all nine innings beginning Wednesday.
In four games with Visalia, Ross is 0-for-10 with a RBI and a run scored.
• Adam Eaton (left elbow) began taking batting practice on the field Tuesday. The outfielder had previously hit off a tee and in the cages dating back to April 4.
• Through seven games entering Tuesday, Arizona has hit just .113 against lefties as opposed to .330 against right-handers. This early in the season, though, Gibson isn't worried about the splits just yet.
"It's too early to think about that," Gibson said. "Last year we weren't very good against lefties, but that doesn't mean it's going to turn out that way this year. With really good pitchers, they are going to shut you down, it's just a matter of whether you can play the rest of the game good enough to win."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.