SAN DIEGO -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson had a closed-door meeting with Justin Upton on Saturday and let the right fielder know that he was getting a day off.
Upton is 3-for-20 over his last five games.
"I feel fine [physically]," Upton said. "Obviously I've struggled the last couple of days so Gibby wants to give me a day to rest. I hate being out of the lineup, but it's up to him. It's his decision, ultimately, and he felt like today was the day to give me off. There's not much I can do about it."
When he was asked about Upton being out of the lineup, Gibson declined to say why.
"He doesn't have to play every day," Gibson said. "Just different lineup today. That's the reason. He's not in the lineup, he'll be in a different capacity. He's available for sure."
Gerardo Parra got the start in right field.
In the nine games prior to his five-game slump, Upton was hitting .419.
"The last few days I've struggled, but before that I was feeling pretty good at the plate," he said.
Gibson frustrated by comparisons to 2011
SAN DIEGO -- The 2011 season was a fun year for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they captured the National League West.
Yes, it was a team, like this year's, that started slowly, and most of the same players are back this year.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, though, has had enough of talking about last year, and he made that clear prior to Saturday's game when a reporter referenced the 2011 season.
"I don't think it's productive," Gibson said referring to talking about last season. "It's this year."
Last year's D-backs turned their season around in May and found ways to win games, especially late.
This year's edition went 11-17 in May and has not had the same late-inning magic.
"We need to redefine who we are going to be," Gibson said. "We have to have the desire to get on that track. It's going to be a different path."
The first-place Dodgers lost five in a row heading into Saturday, but the D-backs had managed to go just 3-2 over that span.
"It's frustrating that we're not taking our opportunity," Gibson said. "It's not do or die, but every day is. You have to have that urgency."
Shortstop Stephen Drew played a complete game in an extended spring contest Saturday, marking the first time he had played in back-to-back games since injuring his ankle last July 20.
Drew was 0-for-3 with a walk and manager Kirk Gibson was given a medical report that said Drew's physical condition was improved Saturday.
With the extended spring season now over, the team will have to decide whether Drew is ready to go out on a Minor League rehab assignment.
: Reliever Takashi Saito threw one inning in the same extended spring game Drew played in and allowed one run. Saito, who has been out all year with a calf strain, went through additional pitcher fielding practice following his outing.
Sunday's game will be broadcast free online at dbacks.com courtesy of MLB.com. The game is not being televised because a marathon being held in San Diego caused the game time to be pushed back to 3:35 p.m. MST, which put it inside ESPN's exclusive TV window.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.