SAN FRANCISCO -- When Josh Bell was called up from Triple-A Reno on May 21, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said that the team planned on giving him the majority of the playing time at third base with Ryan Roberts moving over to more of a utility role.
In the last seven games, however, Bell has started just three of them, though he was in the lineup Tuesday.
What happened? Partially it was the fact that Roberts took some advice from Gibson to heart and started playing better, and it was also the realization on Gibson's part that there were still some things that Bell needed to work on.
"Things change, you try to evaluate and you try to do what's best for the team," Gibson said. "I just felt Ryno was going in a good direction and I wanted him to go down that direction. He did what we asked him to do and he's played very well."
Meanwhile, Bell has been out working earlier defensively with infield coach Matt Williams, who won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman during his playing career.
Williams has worked with Bell on his footwork, how the D-backs position themselves in certain situations and how to approach balls.
"We wanted to give Josh some work on some things as well," Gibson said. "He's been working, getting him a little more comfortable, a little more acclimated. I think it's a lot for him, too. He came up here, new team, new organization. Like anybody he wanted to impress and sometimes you just kind of, like, slow down and catch your breath and make sure we all understand how we're going to do things and how we integrate into the system. [I] probably didn't plan on sitting him out that long."
Young still trying to find hitting groove
SAN FRANCISCO -- Did D-backs outfielder Chris Young come back too soon from a right shoulder injury that kept him sidelined from April 17 until May 18?
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson speculated last week that maybe Young was rushed, and the outfielder's struggles at the plate since coming back lend some credence to that.
After picking up a pair of hits Monday, Young is hitting .156 since being activated after a brief rehab stint that included three games at Class A Visalia and one game at Triple-A Reno.
"When you get hurt, you can't get in the weight room like you want to, you can't take the amount of swings you want to," Young said. "It's just different, but you try to get your timing back. I think timing is the biggest thing. When I first came back, my timing was off and you try to find the mechanical problem, but the reality is that you just haven't seen a lot of live pitching."
When he got hurt, Young was hitting .410 with five home runs and 13 RBIs.
Well respected in the clubhouse for his desire to be in the lineup every day regardless of how he's feeling, Young declined to use the short rehab stint as an excuse.
"Some guys come back and they're as hot as they were when they got hurt," Young said. "But for me, it was just kind of me not being patient at all. I've just got to find a way to be patient and allow things to come back and trust that things are going to show up. I've been working extremely hard to get it all back."
After consulting with head athletic trainer Ken Crenshaw, Gibson decided to scratch shortstop Willie Bloomquist from Tuesday's lineup with some soreness in his legs. John McDonald was given the start in his place.
"I saw him walking in and it just seemed like he was moving a little slow and he was in the training room getting some treatment," Gibson said. "I talked to Ken and he just thought it was smart to hold him out today and let him play tomorrow, and we've got an off-day the next day. It's proactive on my part. He's fine. Just trying to be smart about it. It's nothing serious at this point."
Pitching coach Charles Nagy said part of the reason for ace Ian Kennedy's struggles this season is because he has left too many pitches up in the strike zone.
"When he works down in the zone and then all of a sudden, boom, here comes a fastball up, they'll swing and miss," Nagy said. "Instead [batters are] all looking up now. They don't have to worry about the fastball down at the knees. They're just waiting for him to leave one up. He's left a few up and they've left the yard."
First-round Draft pick Trevor Bauer won his second game since being promoted to Triple-A Reno. The right-hander allowed two runs on six hits and fanned eight over six innings. He has struck out 24 in 19 innings with Reno.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.