5/25/2014 10:21 P.M. ET
Chavez returns to D-backs' lineup for Game 1
By Chris Iseman / Special to MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Arizona third baseman Eric Chavez was back in the starting lineup in Game 1 of a doubleheader vs. the Mets on Sunday for the first time since May 11, when he was the designated hitter against the White Sox.
The 36-year-old has been battling knee issues in recent days, but manager Kirk Gibson said Chavez has been fielding ground balls during early batting practice before the D-backs' past two games against the Mets this weekend.
With Chavez able to do all that, Gibson felt comfortable starting him at third base for the first time since May 7.
"We've been working on it," Gibson said. "It's been several days in between starts, and we'll see how his knee reacts to this as well."
Chavez pinch-hit in Saturday's win over the Mets, drawing a walk in the ninth inning.
Over 31 games this season, Chavez is hitting .291 with three home runs and seven RBIs.
Hill day to day after fouling pitch off left ankle
NEW YORK -- D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill left the second game of Arizona's doubleheader against the Mets for precautionary reasons after fouling a ball off his left ankle.
Hill fell to the ground immediately, but got up and walked around the area near home plate and stayed in the game. But D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said it swelled up too much for him to remain in the game.
"He had to come out of the game. It blew up pretty good on him," Gibson said. "He hit it off the top of his ankle so I had to get him out of there. I think he'll be OK, but it's pretty swollen up. He couldn't hit."
Cliff Pennington took over at second base.
Hill was 1-for-3 in Game 2, and was 0-for-2 with two walks in Game 1.
The 32-year-old missed three games last week due to a sore shoulder before returning to the lineup on Wednesday in St. Louis.
Bullpen in good shape for doubleheader
NEW YORK -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson didn't have any set plans on giving any of his players rest in either game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Mets. Gibson said he would see how Game 1 goes before making any decisions about who plays in Game 2.
That includes the bullpen.
"We should be fine. We really have everybody available in our bullpen," Gibson said. "Everybody's available. I don't expect to have any problems getting through. We're in pretty good shape going in."
With Friday's game getting called in the fourth inning due to rain, Arizona's bullpen received a break. In Saturday's 3-2 win over New York, Evan Marshall, Brad Ziegler and Addison Reed each pitched a scoreless inning.
Randall Delgado last pitched on Thursday, when he allowed a run in two-thirds of an inning against the Cardinals. Trevor Cahill was also rested, having not pitched since Wednesday in St. Louis. The right-hander has allowed only one run in his last 9 2/3 innings, spanning five appearances.
The only player who will definitely be out of the lineup for the second game is catcher Miguel Montero. Gibson said Tuffy Gosewisch will play the second game of the twin bill.
Chris Iseman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.