Cody Ransom does not want to talk about it, and it is hard to blame him. After being hospitalized to pass a kidney stone 10 days ago in Sacramento, he is still waiting for another one to meander its way through his system.
Ransom has simply played through it, and he has become one of the Diamondbacks' top contributors as the offense searches for a way to replace the bat of Chris Young, who is on the disabled list because of a right shoulder injury, and others such as that of slumping Ryan Roberts.
Ransom was 5-for-13 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI while making four consecutive starts at third base in place of Roberts before the D-backs' travel day Thursday.
He doubled with two out and scored in a five-run second inning of a 6-4 victory to help the D-backs break a four-game losing streak Sunday. Ransom doubled in two runs in a victory Monday and hit his first home run of the season Tuesday. He reached base on 8-of-16 plate appearances.
"Adrenaline is a good thing, it really is," said Ransom, who was purchased from Class AAA Reno when Young was placed on the disabled list Wednesday. "Things go away. I haven't been having much pain lately.
"You just come and play. I'm not worried about it. If it gets worse, it gets worse. It is what it is. You deal with life. It's part of it. You deal with it and you hope it goes better. It (pain) comes and goes. Hopefully it goes more than it comes."
Ransom's home runs always seem to come in timely fashion. His home run on Tuesday was his first since a two-run shot on Aug. 7 that pushed the D-backs past Dodgers' left-hander Clayton Kershaw, 4-3.
The D-backs won seven of their next eight games to take over first place in the NL West, a spot they never vacated.
The D-backs have lost seven of nine games entering a 10-game trip to Miami, Washington and New York, but Ransom said he sees the same chemistry that he noticed in his five-week stay with the D-backs last season.
"Since I've been here, I haven't seen any lack of confidence," Ransom said. "Everybody knows it is going to turn around, knows we are who we are and we're going to get better. You just do your work and play the game the right way."
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