7/20/2014 2:44 P.M. ET
D-backs wary of overworking Trumbo after DL stint
By Adam Lichtenstein / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Mark Trumbo played only seven games during his Minor League rehab stint while he worked to return from a stress fracture in his left foot, so manager Kirk Gibson is trying to ease him into the lineup now that he is back in the big leagues.
"It's not an injury concern," Gibson said. "It's more of a … rehab situation where I just didn't think to run him through five days in a row was a smart thing to do."
Trumbo started two of three games in the D-backs' final pre-All-Star break series against the Giants and each of the first two games against the Cubs this weekend before Gibson rested him in Sunday's series finale.
Trumbo has gone 3-for-18 since he returned to the Majors, but he had an encouraging night on Saturday.
Although he only went 1-for-5, Trumbo hit the ball hard his first three times to the plate. Unfortunately for him, the ball found a fielder's glove each time.
"It's easier to stomach if you hit it hard," Trumbo said. "I guess I've gotten better at that the longer I've played.
"Sometimes you could feel sorry for yourself, but at the end of the day, you did what you're supposed to do, so put it in the positive column."
Although his only hit on Saturday came on an infield single, Trumbo said he thinks his plate appearances have been a step in the right direction.
"I think the at-bats have been competitive," he said. "I've been on the pitches I need to be on and it's kind of really being relatively new, back in the lineup. It's kind of all I could probably ask for at this point."
Ross day to day with left calf tightness
PHOENIX -- After leaving Saturday's 9-3 win against the Cubs before the third inning with tightness in his left calf, outfielder Cody Ross said he doesn't think the injury will keep him out long.
"I can pinch-hit and stuff like that, but we'll see," Ross said Sunday. "Day to day."
Ross singled in the second inning, and that's when he said he felt his calf act up. He stayed in the game and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by pitcher Wade Miley, but after the inning manager Kirk Gibson sent Gerardo Parra out to replace Ross in right field.
"When I got the base hit, I felt it when I came out of the box," Ross said. "Just wanted to err more on the cautious side as opposed to going and trying to play through it and blowing it out.
"It definitely is something. I wouldn't have come out [if it wasn't]. But I think they caught it early enough where it's not going to be an issue."
Gibson has been using Ross in a partial role in the outfield rotation, and said he would continue to do that once Ross returns.
"He'll get some starts. He's not going to play every day, but not a lot of guys are," Gibson said. "I have a rotation that I'm going to have to try to keep everybody fresh. We'll rotate guys around, try to figure out where their strengths are."
Gibson tired of injury-forced callups
PHOENIX -- If manager Kirk Gibson doesn't have to see another Minor Leaguer make his D-backs debut for a little while, he won't mind too much.
When asked Sunday if there were any players who stood out to him and who he would like to see reach the Majors soon, Gibson joked, "Well, we've seen enough of them."
Because of injuries, the D-backs have had eight players make their Major League debuts this season. Some of those players, such as outfielders Ender Inciarte, David Peralta and Chase Anderson have stuck. Others, like Bo Schultz, have had only cups of coffee in the big leagues.
"We've had all the injuries, and we're not looking to have any more," Gibson said. "We're looking to try to get our guys back."
The D-backs do have more players close to reaching the Majors, though.
"We follow the guys down there, what they do, and we look at the daily Minor League reports on the guys," Gibson said. "Our Minor League system is having a really good year. They're very strong."
After pitching well in Spring Training, top prospect Archie Bradley has dealt with injuries this season. But on Saturday, he pitched seven innings four Double-A Mobile and struck out 10 batters while giving up two runs on three hits.
Gibson was noncommittal about whether Bradley would get a chance to make his debut this season.
"It's possible," he said. "He's got to continue to throw the ball better and better and see what kind of opportunities are made available. You never know.
"He really hasn't thrown that many starts, and he's working on some things down there and he has to be more consistent at it. … When he does that, if there's a need up there, I'm sure he'll get consideration."
• Gibson said that veteran Eric Chavez's knee isn't improving and he doesn't know if Chavez will return this season.
"It's just something that they have kind of been aggressive at up to this point, and they're not being as aggressive at trying to get that thing to feel better," Gibson said.
• When first-base coach Dave McKay attends Tony La Russa's Hall of Fame ceremony on July 27, coach Henry Blanco will fill in at the position, Gibson said Sunday.
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.