Abreu starts, gives Drew day off

Abreu starts, gives Drew day off

PHOENIX -- The D-backs don't solely need to start packing for their three-city, nine-game road trip that begins on Tuesday in Colorado. They also need to be fresh for it.

Leave that task to the lineup-maker, manager A.J. Hinch, who on Saturday decided to start utility infielder Tony Abreu at shortstop, giving a day off to Stephen Drew.

Abreu, who has filled in at second base, third base and shortstop, entered Game 2 of Arizona's series against the Toronto Blue Jays batting .405 (17-for-42) in 10 starts this season. He was slated to bat second, with left fielder Conor Jackson dropping a slot to third in the order.

Hinch said he's likely to rest another starter or two for Sunday's series finale.