8/13/2013 10:18 P.M. ET
Gibson to use Davidson in reserve role
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Matt Davidson was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game Tuesday and it looks like the prospect will not get everyday playing time in his first big league stint.
Davidson, ranked as the team's top position player prospect by MLB.com, was promoted from Triple-A Reno on Sunday to replace third baseman Eric Chavez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Davidson was forced into action Sunday when Cody Ross went down with an injury in the first inning and he pinch-hit in Monday's game.
"I want to keep him so he's playing, but at the same time I'm not just going to throw him in there and play him every day," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We have other guys in front of him."
Davidson could get starts at third if Martin Prado takes a day off or is used in left field or at second base. He will also take some grounders at first, a position he played at times in the Minors, and could see time there when Paul Goldschmidt gets a rare off-day.
"You tend to go more with your veteran guys right now at this point in the season," Gibson said. "At the same time, [we'll] try to work him into good situations."
Ross has hip surgery, aims for spring return
PHOENIX -- D-backs outfielder Cody Ross underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a fracture in his right hip.
The fracture happened Sunday when Ross dislocated his hip trying to beat out an infield grounder.
Arizona general manager Kevin Towers showed reporters a photo of Ross laying in his hospital bed following the surgery. In the photo, Ross has both his hands up near his mouth blowing an imaginary blow dart. It's something the D-backs hitters do when they get a big hit.
Towers also received a video of Ross up and moving around following his surgery, though, it will be a couple of months before he is able to do any weight-bearing activities with his right leg.
"He told me that the doctors thought that he probably could be ready next year, Spring Training," Towers said.
Towers was asked if he could think of another baseball player with a similar injury and he said that team physician Michael Lee told him he had seen the injury in football players, but never in a baseball player.
Towers talks division race, top prospects
PHOENIX -- The Dodgers trailed the D-backs in the National League West standings by 9 1/2 games on June 21.
Entering Tuesday's action, the D-backs trailed the Dodgers by 7 1/2 games, a stunning turnaround.
"It is what it is," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said. "Now, we've just got to win games. If we're going to sit there and wait for the Dodgers to lose games, I don't think it's going to happen. We just have to win enough games to either get in as a Wild Card or hopefully stay close enough to [the Dodgers] where when we're playing head to head we beat them. All you do is beat yourself up if you spend the last month watching the way they're playing."
Towers touched on a number of other topics Tuesday:
• Top prospect right-handed pitcher Archie Bradley will likely not be promoted from Double-A Mobile in September unless the D-backs are battling for a playoff spot and need him for a final push.
Bradley does not have to be added to the team's 40-man roster until after next season, and teams generally wait until they have to add a player to the 40-man.
"There's no need to rush," Towers said. "If we think he's ready and we're in the thick of things, he could be a difference maker. I don't foresee us bringing him up if we're not in it."
• Triple-A Reno shortstop Chris Owings could see some playing time at third base for the Aces while regular third baseman Matt Davidson is up with the D-backs.
"Not that we see him not being a shortstop, but to create more value for him," Towers said.
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.