The right-hander will get the ball against the Giants on Thursday, his first start since May 11, when he allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings. At that point, including that start, Dessens was 1-4 with a 7.56 ERA as a starter. He averaged less than five innings per start, which put additional pressure on an already taxed bullpen.
Dessens has had success in the relief role, compiling a 2.37 ERA. His performance out of the bullpen earned him another chance at the rotation.
"I'm looking forward to it," Dessens said. "I feel more comfortable as a starter and I feel I can help the team more as a starter."
Thursday's game is the opener of a four-game series against the Giants at SBC Park. This series will take the Diamondbacks up to the All-Star break.
Pitching matchup: ARI: RHP Elmer Dessens
1-5, 5.09 ERA in 2004
0-0, 13.50 ERA vs. SF in 2004
0-3, 7.82 ERA vs. SF in career
SF: RHP Dustin Hermanson
3-2, 4.11 ERA in 2004
0-0, 3.86 ERA vs. ARI in 2004
5-1, 4.14 ERA vs. ARI in career
Players to watch
The entire Diamondbacks offense. How will they respond after picking up just one hit against Kazuhisa Ishii on Wednesday night.
"A lot of our hitters didn't have an approach, didn't have a plan. [Ishii's] tough against lefties, so you give your lefties the benefit of the doubt, but our right-handed hitters have to put quality at-bats together. There's no excuse for that. We have to be accountable for our at-bats and we have to know how to play the game right. It's getting old. It's getting really old." -- Shea Hillenbrand, who had the lone hit Wednesday night against IshiiOn the Internet MLB.TV Gameday AudioGamedayOfficial game notesOn television:
ARI: KTAR 620 / KSUN 1400
SF: KNBR 680
SBC Park has not been kind to the Diamondbacks lately. Arizona was 2-7 there last season and the team is 0-3 this year after having been swept in May. ... The Dodgers scored 21 runs in the three games against the D-Backs, with 13 of the runs coming on homers. ... Luis Gonzalez had his 10-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday.
Friday: at San Francisco, 7:15 p.m. MT
Saturday: at San Francisco, 7:15 p.m. MT
Sunday: at San Francisco, 1:05 p.m. MT
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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