DENVER -- What do you do about Juan Gutierrez?
That was the first question D-backs manager A.J. Hinch was asked during his pregame meeting with the media Thursday afternoon.
"I am going to give him a little bit of a break," Hinch said. "It's a little perplexing to watch a guy with that kind of stuff have this kind of start to the season."
Gutierrez, who allowed homers to the first two hitters he faced Wednesday, has a 10.00 ERA in 20 games. In 18 innings he has allowed nine home runs.
"You try to nurse confidence back in him," Hinch said. "Sometimes you do that by continuing to throw him out there and other times you do it by backing off and letting him take a breather. It's important to get him back on track."
Hinch said he is talking about a couple of days not a prolonged period of time.
One option that does not even seem to be under consideration right now is trying to send Gutierrez to the Minors. Because he is out of Minor League options, any attempt to send him down would involve exposing him to waivers where he could be claimed by any club.
"Yeah, he's got too much upside to think that we'd give up on him," Hinch said. "I don't even want to speculate on that process because I don't think it's an option."