SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Kirk Gibson was not afraid to mix in a curve when set his regular-season starting rotation Monday.
Diamondbacks right-handers Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson are 1-2, as expected, but the rest of the order was somewhat surprising. Josh Collmenter will open as No. 3, Gibson said, and will be followed by Trevor Cahill and Joe Saunders. The new order flips Collmenter and Saunders from where they had slotted the first three weeks of spring.
We obviously put a lot of thought into it. We looked at peripherals as well, where our seasons going to start, where guys are, and this is the decision we came up with, Gibson said.
Everybody is going to get their 33 starts at least and get an opportunity.
Kennedy (21-4) and Hudson (16-12) had career years in 2011, and Kennedy finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting, so their spots seemed set.
But as recently as several days ago, Gibson seemed concerned about Collmenters health he missed his second spring start because of ri...