PHOENIX -- Wil Nieves could not get on the field in June, going 25 days between starts in one stretch.
Things have been a little different recently, with Nieves making his fourth straight start Friday while the Diamondbacks remained cautious with Miguel Montero's sore lower back.
Nieves, the D-backs' backup catcher, has handled the ins and outs this season with the professionalism of a veteran, and when he has been in the lineup, he has produced on both sides of the ball.
It is not an easy balancing act. Nieves just makes it look so.
"It's a tough role, because Miggy is a guy who plays a lot," said Eric Chavez, who knows a little about the art of being a situational player. "But every time Wil has been in there, he has been very productive. He's been outstanding behind the plate, which as a backup, really, that is all you want. His offense, every time he's played, has been real productive for us and helped us win games.
"It's not easy to do, but it's a testament to Wil and st...