SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ian Kennedy will get the ball on Opening Day for the D-backs for the second straight year.

"If Ian's healthy, he's going to start Opening Day," Gibson said. "Why wouldn't he?"

Kennedy went 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA in 33 starts last year while finishing fourth in the National League Cy Young Award race.

The right-hander got a no-decision in Arizona's Opening Day win against the Rockies last season, his first Opening Day start.

"He deserves it," Gibson said. "If he's throwing the ball good, that will be the case. If he isn't, I'll change my mind. If I think it's better that he doesn't start Opening Day, I'll change my mind, but if everything goes according to plan, he'll be on the mound."

Gibson joked that he made his decision after Kennedy edged out fellow starter Daniel Hudson in a fielding competition Tuesday. When the contest came down to Kennedy and Hudson, reliever David Hernandez yelled out, "Winner starts Opening Day."

Breslow feeling good, opposes hitters

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Craig Breslow faced hitters for the first time Wednesday and pronounced his right calf healthy.

Breslow tweaked the calf earlier in the week while participating in a baserunning drill, and the team held him out of throwing to hitters the past few days.

"No problems with the calf," Breslow said. "Didn't really think about it. At this point, I can start to hopefully have a pretty normal spring and worry about getting myself ready for the season."

It wasn't all smooth sailing for Breslow, who was hit in the butt by a comebacker during his session.

"I feel like I've got a target on my back," he said jokingly. "Better to get everything out of the way early."