05/27/12 3:30 PM ET
Zagurski finding a niche in D-backs 'pen
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
Gibson wants Parra to harness aggressiveness
PHOENIX -- The D-backs are used to taking the good with the bad from outfielder Gerardo Parra, but that's not to say the club still isn't trying to limit the mistakes that hinder his growth.Parra tied a career-best with four hits in Saturday's 8-5 win against the Brewers, but he was picked off in the second inning with a runner on third and one out. "That's part of what you get with him," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "You don't want to make mistakes like that, and certainly it's something you try to address." Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke caught Parra running on his first move. The next batter, Aaron Hill, ended the scoring threat with a groundout, stranding the runner on third. "There's an advantage to not going," Gibson said. "You can influence pitch selection and add pressure to the guy throwing over to first thinking you're going to go. There's a whole other part to the game. Certainly some pitchers are uncomfortable with that, and you've got to understand that. You've got to learn. Last night, we had enough pressure on Greinke. We had him going. There's no reason to take off on a timing move. That was part of the overaggressiveness." While the D-backs want to help Parra better evaluate situations on the basepaths, they don't want to take away his aggressive nature completely. "He's developing as a player. It's part of what goes along with it," Gibson said. "The other way is to be very passive on the bases. It's a fine line. That's not something we're interested in doing. We don't want to mistakes like that, don't get me wrong. We shouldn't make those mistakes."
Roberts' playing time hasn't suffered
PHOENIX -- After the D-backs called up Josh Bell on Monday from Triple-A Reno, Ryan Robert's role on the team moving forward was left up in the air.D-backs manager Kirk Gibson originally hinted Bell would become the everyday third baseman, but Roberts has started five consecutive games, three at third and two at base. "When we came back from the last road trip, I sat down with [third base coach] Matt Williams and [Roberts]," Gibson said. "We talked to him about being a baseball player and who we thought he was. We tried to get him back on track. He responded to it." What exactly did he respond to? "I wanted him to be more understanding of where he is in the lineup and his offensive approach," Gibson said. "If I ask him to bunt, bunt the ball. Stay on the ball more, up the middle more. We kind of think a middle approach is better because it gives him more length in his swing. He tries to do too much sometimes. He cares. If he has a short swing, it's in and out of the zone. And then, defensively, just preparing every day a certain way, make sure he gets in the weight room, just went over some things. It's been very good." In his first 10 plate appearances since Bell joined the team, Roberts had a single, double, homer, sac bunt, sac fly, walk and RBI groundout. He's hitless so far against the Brewers, however, going 0-for-7 in the first two games of the series. He batted seventh and played third on Sunday. "Rhino is a dirtbag baseball player, and I say that in a very complimentary way," Gibson said. "He can do a lot. He's versatile, both offensively and defensively. He brings a lot for this team. I've asked him to do some things in preparation, he's done them. He deserves to play."
Before making his first start in more than a month, Daniel Hudson was reinstated from the disabled list Sunday and catcher Konrad Schmidt was optioned back to Triple-A Reno.Schmidt started Saturday and delivered a RBI groundout in the third inning against the Brewers, his first RBI in the Majors. A day after signing a five-year contract extension with the D-backs, catcher Miguel Montero was not in the lineup on Sunday. He's been out since he strained his left groin on Monday against the Dodgers but is expected to be back in the lineup Monday in San Francisco. "That's a good hangover, huh?" Gibson said of Montero's big day Saturday. "He should be [smiling]." D-backs outfielder Justin Upton was in the back with a pitch Saturday after three Brewers were plunked on Friday. "I think it's incredible, have you seen anyone else get spinned in the whole league? I'm not sure I should comment any further," Gibson said with a smile. "It hurts when you get hit in the spine. He got hit pretty solid."