The All-Star break was particularly kind to Chase Anderson this year, as the D-backs turned four days of rest into 14 for the rookie right-hander.
Anderson was bumped from his previously scheduled start on July 13 to get extra rest before the break. The reasoning for the decision isn't because of prevalent health issues for Anderson, but because he threw 88 innings for Triple-A Reno last year, which is a mark he has already passed this season.
"I think part of it is to address his innings and keep them under control," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "The other thing is to give him a break and give him time to recover. It makes sense. You get too fatigued and one of the thoughts is you risk injury. We're giving him some time off physically as well as mentally. Hopefully, he gets back into the second half here and throws the ball well for us."
If the extra innings were wearing on Anderson, it didn't alter his numbers by any major means. He went six innings in his last start before the break giving up one earned run on seven hits to the Marlins.
After a 4-3 loss to the Tigers on Monday, Anderson will face Rick Porcello, who is coming off of a wild end to the first half of the season. In three starts from June 20-July 1, Porcello pitched 24 innings without giving up one run to drop his ERA to 3.12. Then he got shelled in his second-to-last start before the break, giving up seven runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Yet Porcello recovered in his final outing of the first half, giving up one run off six hits and three walks against the Royals as a pair of double plays saved him early in the game.
"I wasn't getting ahead of hitters as consistently as I would have liked to, but those double plays were huge. [They] limited some innings that could have gone differently," Porcello said.
Anderson won't be the only pitcher with a fresh arm on Tuesday, as Porcello's start will be his first in 10 days.
D-backs: Gibson a Tigers fan
Gibson still considers himself a Tigers fan.
Except, of course, for this week when his team plays host to them.
Gibson, a Michigan native, was drafted by the Tigers and played for them from 1979-1987 and from 1993-95. He served as the team's bench coach from 2003-05.
"I follow the Tigers because I was a Tiger fan growing up as a young boy, [I] still have season tickets there since about 1980," Gibson said. "When we're not in the playoffs and they are, I go to the games. I follow all [manager Brad Ausmus'] stuff on a daily basis so I'm pretty familiar with the way it goes. At the same time, I'd like to beat their butt just like we wanted to beat the Cubs [Sunday]."
Gibson helped the Tigers win the 1984 World Series and is still one of the organization's most popular former players.
"They've been great," Gibson said of the Tigers. "They've treated me great and they've been generous to me. I know Dave [Dombrowski] is an excellent president and GM. I tend to pull for them except today, tomorrow and the next day."
Tigers: No DH means Miggy to third
Slugger Miguel Cabrera will get a small taste of the past during this week's Interleague series in Arizona.
In order to get Victor Martinez, who usually is slotted in at designated hitter, into the lineup, manager Brad Ausmus moved Cabrera to third base on Monday so Martinez could play first.
But Cabrera isn't unfamiliar with the position, as he played third during his time with the Marlins and when the Tigers had Prince Fielder.
Gibson complimented Cabrera's baseball IQ, which has helped Cabrera move around the field.
"He's got a ton of ability," Gibson said. "He's been in this game for a while, he's got a lot of experience and knowledge."
Despite all the moving around he's done in his career, Ausmus isn't concerned with Cabrera at third. He believes his star hasn't lost a step.
"We put him [at third] in Spring Training because we knew the second week of the season would be in San Diego and L.A.," Ausmus said. "He played half the game over there, and he looked extremely natural as soon as he got there."
• Gibson needs just four wins to tie Bob Melvin for the most wins by a D-backs manager at 337.
• The Tigers agreed to terms with 18 of their top 20 picks from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Mike Vernon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.