6/17/2014 10:37 P.M. ET
Montero working to neutralize shifts
By Adam Lichtenstein / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Veteran catcher Miguel Montero doesn't take kindly to shifts.
The left-handed-hitting Montero, who is primarily a pull hitter, has been trying to hit the ball the opposite way against teams that move to the right side of the field for him -- even if that means dropping down the occasional bunt.
"Speed kills," Montero said, laughing.
But with more teams employing shifts to neutralize sluggers, Montero has been legging out more infield hits and has gotten on base twice thanks to surprise bunts.
"One thing about Miggy is that he's 'heady,' he's thinking," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's always hustling."
Before this season, Montero averaged about five infield hits per year. Sixty-six games into the 2014 campaign, he already has nine.
"They're doing all these computer things now, and they play the shift and they play it all the way in their outfield," Montero said. "So if you lay the bunt down, you really don't have to be fast, you just have to put it down and jog down to first and get to first and get your base hit.
"They give it to you, why not take it?"
Not only is Montero legging out more infield hits, he's showing more power the opposite way. He has seven career opposite-field home runs (compared with 86 to the pull field and center). Three of those have come this season.
"When you feel good at the plate and you're seeing the ball good, you're going to hit the ball where the pitch is," he said. "It's not that you're just hitting the ball the opposite way. They're pitching me away, and my swing has been kind of [on the] right path so far."
Bolsinger pressed into immediate service upon callup
PHOENIX -- With veteran starter Bronson Arroyo on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained elbow -- not a strain, as previously thought -- the D-backs on Tuesday called up right-hander Mike Bolsinger from Triple-A Reno to take his place on the roster.
To make room for Bolsinger and keep 13 position players, the D-backs sent reliever Will Harris, who was charged with the loss on Monday against the Brewers, to Reno.
Bolsinger got the chance to make a quick impact on the Major League team, starting on Tuesday in the second game of the four-game set.
Bolsinger struggled in a five-game stint with the team earlier in the season, going 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA before being sent to Reno.
"He was decent up here the first time," manager Kirk Gibson said. "All of his starts were good except for one, but [he just needed] a better understanding on how to use his pitches in what situations, how to navigate his way through the lineup."
Gibson said that Bolsinger improved on those aspects at Reno, and it shows in his Minor League statistics.
In nine games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Bolsinger went 5-1 with a 2.73 ERA.
Catcher Miguel Montero said that sometimes being sent down can help a player regain his focus, which Bolsinger sometimes lost during his first stint with the D-backs.
"Getting sent down, of course, is not a good feeling," Montero said. "Going down there will help you regain that confidence again. Get a couple good outings and build up and feel good about yourself and come back here and do the same.
"The only thing I will ask from him is just to stay focused. He seems to kind of be out in space a little bit sometimes. He kind of makes my work a little harder, because I don't know if he's really in the game or we're really on the same page."
Goldy taking All-Star vote in stride
PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt is the leading All-Star vote-getter among National League first basemen, but he isn't letting that get to him.
Goldschmidt passed the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez in the latest tally, released on Sunday, and leads by more than 200,000 votes.
"We've got great fan support here," Goldschmidt said. "I'm thankful for all their support."
Last season the Giants' Bruce Bochy, who managed the NL squad, selected Goldschmidt as a reserve. Reds first baseman Joey Votto won the fan vote in 2013.
The "Vote Goldy" campaign has taken over the clubhouse, with several D-backs wearing T-shirts bearing the phrase.
"We're a family here," Goldschmidt said. "It's great for the team to put them together and try to show some support."
Goldschmidt has been living up to the All-Star billing, hitting .382 with four home runs and seven RBIs in the 10 games entering Tuesday's matchup with the Brewers.
Unfortunately for the D-backs, his efforts have not been enough to pick up the team; they're 4-5 in their last nine games and 1-5 in their last six.
"It's just part of it," he said. "Any time the team's doing well, it's really all you care about. Each player just has to go up there and have good at-bats. You want to be a part of the reason the team's playing well. It's a lot more enjoyable when you win."
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.