09/26/12 9:59 PM ET
Last-minute start suited Collmenter well
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
Collmenter found out late Monday night that he would be starting against the Giants on Tuesday in place of Tyler Skaggs. With little or no time to prepare, Collmenter managed to hold San Francisco to just one run on two hits over five innings.
"I think I would probably prefer that just because then you don't have to change anything or start thinking," Collmenter said about the late notice. "It was just a matter of going out there and seeing what I can do."
After watching Collmenter handle the pressure of a must-win Game 3 in last year's National League Division Series, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson had no reservations about giving Collmenter the start.
"I just have confidence, I guess, that he'll be able to handle it," Gibson said.
Collmenter will start for the final time this year Sunday against the Cubs at Chase Field.
Second baseman Aaron Hill missed Monday's game in Denver with flulike symptoms and he was still under the weather Tuesday, but talked his way into the lineup. Hill wound up going 3-for-5 with three runs scored.
"That's part of who he is, it's part of why he's so good," Gibson said. "There are others in the game that would maybe take another day off or not push through situations like that. Aaron is not one of those."
Outfielder Gerardo Parra (right hand) was back in the lineup Wednesday for the first time since Saturday.
Third baseman Chris Johnson took batting practice Wednesday for the first time since he was hit in the right hand by a pitch Sunday in Colorado.
Gibson said it was possible that shortstop Willie Bloomquist (lower back) would not play again this year. Bloomquist is pain free, but has had just one at-bat since Aug. 8.
Bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock celebrated his 52nd birthday Tuesday. Sherlock has been a member of the Arizona coaching staff since the franchise's inception in 1998.