PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson likes to get his bench players starts whenever he can as a way of keeping them sharp.
With second baseman Aaron Hill still smarting from being hit on the left hand by a pitch the night before, Gibson decided to give utility man Josh Wilson his first start of the season, hitting eighth. He walked twice, including one with the bases loaded, and scored a run.
Wilson had only one at-bat through the team's first seven games.
"It's just a mindset," Wilson said of being ready to play. "Your physical abilities and skills are going to play if you allow them to play. Being ready to play is just wanting the opportunity to come."
While starts are always appreciated, Wilson has learned over his 14-year professional career how to be ready when needed, even if the starts are few and far between.
"I've worked hard getting to a point where when the at-bats aren't coming regularly, I still feel like I can go in the cage just taking regular batting practice and feel like that's prepared me for a big league at-bat," Wilson said.
Montero apologizes to McCarthy for shaky outing
PHOENIX -- D-backs catcher Miguel Montero approached pitcher Brandon McCarthy in the trainer's room after Tuesday's game and apologized for the pitches he signaled early in Arizona's loss to the Pirates.
"I apologized to him, because I feel like I called a really bad game," Montero said. "I think he had really good stuff going, I just didn't make the right calls. He threw everything that I put down, so I felt bad because he really trusted me, and I feel like I let him down."
McCarthy allowed six runs (four earned) over 6 2/3 innings, including five in the fourth inning.
After that, Montero started calling for more offspeed pitches, and McCarthy only allowed one hit over the next 2 2/3 innings.
"I started mixing up, changing speeds more, because we were going hard, hard, hard," Montero said. "I think I'm going to grab what we did there and use it from now on, because it was pretty good."
Montero has said that he considers his work behind the plate even more important than his work in the batter's box, and when a pitcher struggles, Montero will blame himself.
The start was McCarthy's second since signing as a free agent in the offseason and Montero is still learning how to call pitches for him.
"I just didn't have the right fingers yesterday," Montero said. "It's just a bad feeling. I take it personal."
Hill sits after getting hit by pitch
PHOENIX -- Aaron Hill was out of the starting lineup one day after being struck on the top of his left hand by a James McDonald pitch.
Josh Wilson got the start in Hill's place.
X-rays taken after the game were negative, and D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he expected that Hill would be back in the lineup on Friday against the Dodgers following an off-day.
"They're just talking about a bone bruise, and they stick around for a little bit," Hill said. "So get a day, get some treatment, do whatever you can do and get back in there Friday."
Hill played in 156 games last year and hates sitting on the bench.
"I'd like to be in there every day, but if you can't feel like you can do something you're supposed to do, it's probably not a good idea to get in there," Hill said.
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