Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/17/12
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kirk Gibson does not like to go out on a limb, but in Josh Collmenters case, he's willing to make an exception. Collmenter will open the season in the starting rotation, Gibson confirmed before the D-backs 8-6 exhibition victory over Texas at Surprise Stadium on Saturday. The announcement was not really a surprise considering Collmenters 2011 resume, but it came in the wake of recent national speculation that Collmenter could open the season as a long man in the bullpen if one of the young guns -- Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, et al -- were to make the team out of spring training. "What Josh Collmenter did for us last year ... if he stays healthy, hes going to be a starter. Absolutely. And you know I dont like saying things like that because I have to retract, but thats how I feel. "'Colly' was phenomenal. Huge games for us," Gibson said. Gibson pointed specifically to Game 3 of the NLDS, when Collmenter limited Milwaukee to one run on two hits over seven innin...
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