D-backs' bullpen getting some rest lately

D-backs' bullpen getting some rest lately

PHOENIX -- The D-backs are starting to take the pedal off the metal. In everything except the win column.

"Everybody's kind of trimming back," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We've stayed off the field more."

And that's including the bullpen, which has been given some rest with seven solid starts from the rotation.

"It's helped them, but they're still throwing their share," Gibson said.

Left-hander Zach Duke hadn't pitched in over a week until Sunday's 6-1 win over the Padres.

"It felt good," Duke said after throwing a perfect inning of relief.

But the former starter said that there are challenges to staying sharp over a long layoff.

"Definitely," he said. "When you're in a game, there's a lot of adrenaline; you have to control that, and it's a lot different than a bullpen."

Duke said that he throws bullpens every couple of days to stay fresh between appearances.