5/23/2014 11:14 P.M. ET
D-backs have high hopes for Anderson
By Nate Taylor / Special to MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Chase Anderson is still getting acquainted with Major League hitters, yet he performed well in his first two starts, both of which were victories.
The D-backs hope, and expect, that Anderson's 5.06 ERA going into his start on Friday against the Mets is not an indication of his talents and how they'll translate to big league competition.
With Triple-A Reno, Anderson had an impressive 0.69 ERA through 39 innings.
"We try to encourage him to throw the ball the way he's thrown it in the Minor Leagues," manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's a great way to gain experience for him. ... He's had to grind it out. The goal is to get him deeper into a game, and that's his goal as well."
A victory over the Mets would have made Anderson the first D-backs rookie to win his first three starts, but inclement weather in New York postponed the contest and removed the opportunity, at least for now. The last rookie to do so was the Pirates' Gerrit Cole, who accomplished the feat last season.
Fellow starter Brad Ziegler said that neither he nor the other pitchers on the staff have had to give Anderson too much advice. Anderson has exceeded expectations, Ziegler said.
"I don't think it's even necessary the way he's gone out and performed the first two [starts]," Ziegler said. "I had never seen him throw before, so I didn't know what to expect stuff-wise, but he carries himself really well."
Gibson proud of son's career as Spartan
NEW YORK -- For a few minutes, manager Kirk Gibson leaned back in his office chair inside Citi Field. He smiled. In a rare moment, he was able to watch his son, Cam, play in a college baseball game halfway across the country a few hours before Friday's game against the Mets.
Cam followed his father to Michigan State last year to play outfield. On Friday he and the Spartans were playing against Illinois in the Big 10 conference tournament in Omaha.
Cam entered Friday's game with a .302 batting average, with two homers and 17 RBIs.
"I try to watch him whenever I can," Gibson said of his son. "He's very lucky to have that opportunity to go to the university I went to and try to fulfill his dreams."
Gibson was a two-sport star athlete at Michigan State, and he was an All-American in football and baseball before playing 17 years in the Major Leagues.
The D-backs drafted Cam in the 38th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. He was exceptional last summer in the Northwoods League, leading the Battle Creek Bombers and ranking seventh in the league with a .345 batting average. He also recorded 23 stolen bases. This summer he will play in the Cape Cod League.
"It's good for him," Gibson said. "It's a great league. I never played in that league. I played American Legion a lot."
Gibson said that his son found it difficult during his first year at Michigan State to balance baseball with his classes. What makes Gibson most proud is that as a sophomore, Cam is having a strong season while being successful in the classroom.
"He had really good grades this term," Gibson said. "It was really hard for him to go into college last year and learn to chase his dream and pursue his education at the same time. He had some hiccups there in the first term. Had to take some time off from fall ball. To be honest with you, that's what I'm most proud about."
Putz close to having bullpen session
NEW YORK -- Manager Kirk Gibson said that reliever J.J. Putz is close to having his first bullpen session since going on the 15-day disabled list on May 17 with tightness in his right forearm, though he is not sure when Putz will return.
"We'll start building him back up," Gibson said. "I think with situations like that, you try to make sure that inflammation doesn't build up. The demands of being here with us are, you have to throw back-to-back days. We're trying to prepare for that."
Nate Taylor is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.