09/27/11 8:54 PM ET
D-backs to take day off Thursday
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
But one thing is for sure, they will get Thursday off.
Manager Kirk Gibson said he will give his players a break Thursday before the team holds a workout Friday on the eve of Saturday's Game 1 of the NLDS.
The team will go through some fundamental work before Wednesday's regular-season finale, but overall, Gibson thinks having Thursday off will be more beneficial than extra work.
"We've been executing pretty good in games; we really have," he said.
Gibson not ready to name NLDS rotation
PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson has been playing his cards close to the vest when it comes to his postseason pitching rotation, but Tuesday he seemed to give an indication of the way he might be leaning.
It won't be a surprise to most D-backs fans.
Gibson was asked if it was too early to say if Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson would pitch Games 1 and 2 of the National League Division Series.
"That's a pretty good idea, but we haven't specifically talked about it," Gibson said. "I honestly don't know."
The way the rotation is aligned right now, it sets up perfectly for Kennedy in Game 1 and Hudson in Game 2. Veteran lefty Joe Saunders, who starts the season finale Wednesday would be in line for a Game 3 start.
"Trust me, I'll think it all out when it's time," Gibson said. "I really will. There's so many numbers to look at -- home and road, ground ball/fly ball, strikeout rates, what kind of lineups you're up against, who holds runners better. There's a lot of different things that I'll think about it. We'll talk it out and go."
D-backs' extras work out in simulated game
PHOENIX -- The D-backs held a simulated game Tuesday afternoon to get some work for players who have not seen regular action lately.
Pitchers Zach Duke, Sam Demel and Mike Zagurski threw to hitters Geoff Blum, Sean Burroughs, John McDonald, Collin Cowgill and Cole Gillespie.
Blum, a switch-hitter whom D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said would definitely be on the postseason roster, got the majority of the at-bats right-handed.
The D-backs will probably send some of the players left off the postseason roster over to their Spring Training complex in nearby Scottsdale to continue to play in case they are needed due to injury in the postseason.
"There's different scenarios," Gibson said. "We'll consider leaving some people back here to continue to play in case someone gets hurt. We'll probably travel some extra guys that aren't on the roster as well. Who that is, I don't know. What pool goes where, I don't know."