ARI@MIL: Marshall strikes out two, earns win in debut

ST. LOUIS -- It was the kind of outing that could have a carryover effect.

D-backs rookie Evan Marshall pitched out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the 10th inning Wednesday night when he struck out Jon Jay and got Daniel Descalso to ground out.

"To get out of something like that is going to make him believe in himself more," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's getting validation."

Before the Jay at-bat, Gibson came out to talk to Marshall.

"He just looked me in the eyes, kept me calm and gave me a game plan," Marshall said.

There was also another purpose to Gibson's visit.

"You go out there and you just try to interrupt the flow of what's going on and just kind of gather your thoughts and remember you have the ability to get out of this, and he did a heck of a job," Gibson said.

Ross' surgically repaired hip put to test

ARI@STL: Out call at home confirmed in 5th inning

ST. LOUIS -- One of the final hurdles for D-backs outfielder Cody Ross in his return from last year's devastating hip injury was sliding without hesitation.

Ross suffered a fracture and dislocation of his right hip last August while running to first base and returned ahead of schedule in mid-April this year.

Trusting that the hip, which now includes a metal plate and screws, would hold up when sliding was part of the rehab process this spring.

Just how confident Ross is these days was evidenced Wednesday night when he slid into home in the fifth inning. It wasn't just that Ross slid, it was that he slid right onto Brandon McCarthy's bat, which the pitcher had dropped at the plate while executing the safety squeeze.

"I mean, my first thought was, 'Oh great, I've got to try and score and avoid this bat at the same time,'" Ross said. "I basically said,'Tthe heck with it. I'm sliding right on it and trying to score.' I landed right on [the bat]. I didn't feel it; it didn't hurt."

Worth noting

• D-backs catcher Miguel Montero was out of the lineup Thursday after playing 12 innings Wednesday night.

"I thought Miggy was gassed last night late in the game," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "The kid gave everything he had. Changed his shirt virtually every inning."

• Third baseman Eric Chavez last started a game May 11, when he served as the designated hitter against the White Sox, and he has not started at third base since May 7.

"His knee has been acting up, and he's on the way back now," Gibson said. "We haven't played him at third for a little bit. He can play third if we get into a situation in the middle of the game. Probably not going to start him right now."

Gibson said he believes Chavez will be able to start a game in the next week.

• While he would eventually like to get back in the starting rotation, right-hander Trevor Cahill has enjoyed pitching out of the bullpen.

"It's good," he said. "It's different. It's fun knowing you might play every day, I guess. You can contribute and help the team in some way every night instead of just every five days. You're always on your toes and I think that makes the games a little more exciting knowing that you're kind of watching it more closely, seeing which way it's going and can kind of tell if you have a decent chance to pitch."