PHOENIX -- He woke up at 4:30 this morning, thought about it, went back to sleep and thought about it some more on the way to the park at 6:30 before he made the decision.

"I just find that what you think two days ago or what you think yesterday night might not be the way you think today," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.

So it took some thought to act on what he thought a few days ago, that second baseman Kelly Johnson could use a couple days off.

"He struggled early, got on track and I told you guys when he came out of it before, I saw he wasn't hitting extra as much," Gibson said. "I just sensed it was going the other way."

Johnson struck out three times and doubled on Friday night against the White Sox.

"I think the guy cares so much, I think he just presses," Gibson said. "It's easy for me to say, because as a player, I was guilty of the same thing."

And while Ryan Roberts started at second base on Sunday afternoon, Gibson didn't rule out Johnson seeing the field.

"The good thing is that when you don't start, you have a chance to win the game possibly," Gibson said. "If you didn't start and you had a chance to win the game everyday, that's a pretty good proposition, in my book."

Johnson got his chance, grounding out with the bases loaded as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the D-backs' 8-2 loss. He's hitting .215 with 12 home runs and 31 RBIs on the season.

D-backs outright Burroughs to Triple-A Reno

PHOENIX -- The D-backs outrighted infielder Sean Burroughs to Triple-A Reno to free up a roster spot, the team's official Twitter account announced on Sunday.

Burroughs hit .261 in 23 at-bats and served mostly as a pinch-hitter this season. He started one game at third base.

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said before Sunday's game that any personnel decisions would be made after the game.

"We'll talk about that after the game," he said. "I don't have a real feel for it at this point. The last thing I want is for that to be a distraction for today's game."

Burroughs, a first-round pick of the San Diego Padres in 1998, has a .280 average in parts of six big league seasons. He returned to the Major Leagues this season after a four-year absence.

Possible callups include Wily Mo Pena, who is hitting .362 with 21 home runs at Reno and has played in the American League with the Red Sox, and 23-year-old Paul Goldschmidt, who is hitting .329 with 21 home runs at Double-A Mobile.

Bowsher opens home to children in need

PHOENIX -- In a Chase Field lobby before Sunday's game, Dean Bowsher saw a baby in a car seat and did the only thing a man about to be named an MVP Dad would do.

"He just got down there and started waving at her and playing with her," Bowsher's wife, Michone, said.

On Sunday, Bowsher was honored as the D-backs' MVP Dad as part of a program by Major League Baseball that gave fans an opportunity to celebrate father figures in their lives. More than 3,200 entries were submitted online for the "My Dad, My MVP" contest, which is in its first year. The winners were selected by a celebrity panel of judges and by nearly 270,000 fan votes.

"It's just absolutely amazing," Bowsher said. "It's unbelievable."

Bowsher is the father of two boys, the stepfather to a daughter and a son and regularly opens his home to children in need.

"All my kids' friends are like my kids," he said. "They come over all the time, and some have troubled lives without their parents -- they're not here in town -- so they stay with me every now and then.

"It's been an ongoing thing," Bowsher continued. "We don't want nobody to stay out on the streets, so it works out pretty good that we have a decent home and have enough room for them."

The 48-year-old lives in Peoria, Ariz., has worked in electrical sales for 23 years in Scottsdale and volunteers by coaching and umpiring youth softball and regularly volunteering at his church.

"He deserves it," Michone said. "He really does. He's a fantastic father."

Bowsher received a gray replica D-backs jersey with the words "MVP DAD" embroidered on the back. Outfielders Justin Upton and Chris Young signed it for him.

More than 3,200 entries were submitted online for the contest, which is in its first year. The winners were selected by a celebrity panel of judges and by nearly 270,000 fan votes.

Gibson to honor Sparky, face Leyland in Detroit

PHOENIX -- A week from Sunday, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson will be on hand at Comerica Park in Detroit when the Tigers retire Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson's number. Gibson played for the late Anderson from 1979-87 and '93-95.

"They've all had an influence," Gibson said of his previous managers. "But Sparky had the most."

But Anderson wasn't the first. In the spring of 1978, Gibson was picked up by Tigers manager Jim Leyland at an airport in Lakeland, Fla. Leyland was managing the Lakeland Tigers at the time.

"He picked me up and he buried me," Gibson said. "He said basically that it was great that I was an All-American and everything, but it didn't mean anything to him."

Gibson and Leyland will square off next weekend as the D-backs and Tigers play a three-game series in Detroit.

"He said I would be out at 8 a.m. every morning for workouts with him personally, and that I would work out with the team from 2:30-3:00," Gibson said. "And they weren't easy workouts.

"He did it my whole career, in [Class A] and Triple-A, and of course, I'm grateful for that," he continued. "And maybe I can hold it against him when I get there next weekend."