Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/27/12
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson on Monday seemed to suggest the situation at third base might not be as clear cut as it appeared when asked if Ryan Roberts and Geoff Blum might share time there, but Gibson's comments Tuesday cleared things up. "Ryan Roberts is my third baseman," Gibson said when asked if the situation at third base might be fluid. "It's not going to be a platoon, but I will play everybody." That should make Roberts's status pretty clear heading into the season. Coy remarks from Gibson in relation to his lineup are common, and he is well known to keep everybody active. Blum will get his innings, but barring any health issues, Roberts appears to have a regular job. So while the literal answer to Monday's question about Roberts and Blum sharing playing time might be "yes," sharing doesn't mean an even split. "(Roberts) did a great job for us and he's going to get the majority of the playing time right now," Gibson said. Roberts is hitting .229 (11 for 48) this spring while Blum is hitting .323 (10 for 31), though Roberts does have a team-best 10 RBI. Spring results (like the D-backs' 12-25 spring record in 2011) are typically taken with a grain of salt, and Gibson said he might be asking a little too much of Roberts this spring. Gibson elaborated that Roberts is much healthier than he was last spring, but that he wouldn't be comfortable playing the third baseman nine innings in back-to-back games right now. While Roberts will obviously play full games on consecutive days during the season, Gibson said he can't see him going a full week without a break. Whether that means one start per week or more for Blum each week remains to be seen, but he'll also see time at first base. Gibson even suggested Tuesday that Blum could play shortstop if needed, but the D-backs are pretty well covered with middle infielders. "The way the team's set up right now, we've got multiple guys in the infield that can play multiple positions," Gibson said. "I want to have the flexibility because you just never know what you're going to be up against." The versatility of players like Blum, Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald makes handling minor aches and pains easier on the D-backs -- the need for a few days off doesn't turn into a mandatory 15 days on the disabled list. MOVING PART Having lost his starting job in left field with the D-backs' signing of Jason Kubel this offseason, Gerardo Parra has bounced around the outfield this spring. Parra has made 10 appearances in left field this spring, including three last week while Kuble was resting a sore quadriceps muscle, eight in cenger, and two in right. Interestingly enough, Parra played mostly center and right in the minor leagues, so adjusting hasn't been too difficult. "I feel good in the outfield at whatever position," Parra said. "I'm working hard in center field this year, and I'm ready to play everywhere in the outfield." Parra's move to the bench came despite a Gold Glove Award last season as the D-backs wanted to add left-handed power to the lineup. Both Kubel and Parra are scheduled to travel for Wednesday's game against the Brewers, while Chris Young and Justin Upton are not. Thus, Parra figures to get a start in center or right, with either Adam Eaton or A.J. Pollock filling the other spot. HUDSON SKIPS ROCKIES With a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies the second weekend of the regular season, the D-backs decided not to give them an extra look at starting pitcher Daniel Hudson and instead had him throw in an intrasquad game on Tuesday against D-backs Triple-A players. Hudson went six innings on 84 pitches and allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out eight and issuing one walk. "I was just working on all my stuff, working on the two breaking balls," Hudson said. "Everything felt good." Hudson will get one more spring start before pitching the second game of the season against the San Francisco Giants opposite left-hander Madison Bumgarner. Hudson said he feels "pretty close" to where he needs to be for the start of the season. "I think my pitch count is up there high enough to go for Opening Day," Hudson said. "My arm feels great, the ball feels good coming out of my hand. The season can't come soon enough." WEDNESDAY PROBABLES Left-hander Wade Miley is scheduled to start for the D-backs against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. It will be Miley's first start of the spring. He has appeared in five games for 11 innings with a 3.27 ERA. Right-hander Jensen Lewis is the only other pitcher listed for the D-backs. The Brewers will start former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke, who has allowed just one earned run in 12 13 innings this spring. NOTES The D-backs reached double digits (10-14-2) in the wins column Tuesday by topping the Rockies 7-3. Parra got things going with a leadoff triple and scored on a groundout. Upton then singled and scored on Lyle Overbay's sacrifice fly for an early 2-0 lead. ... The D-backs added two runs in the fourth, including one off a triple from starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, two more in the fifth and one in the seventh on a Roberts single. Corbin got the win. Gibson said Monday that Skaggs and Corbin would remain in major league camp "almost through the end" of spring training. Corbin will get one more appearance in relief. Skaggs is scheduled to start Thursday against the Indians, as Gibson decided to have Trevor Cahill pitch in a minor-league game.
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