PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson tweaked his rotation for the weekend series against the Giants, pushing Josh Collmenter from Friday to Sunday and moving up Joe Saunders and Ian Kennedy.
The move accomplishes three objectives.
First, it gives Collmenter some extra rest. The right-hander has thrown 153 1/3 innings so far this year, the most in his professional career.
Second, because Thursday was an off-day, Kennedy will be pitching on regular rest rather than getting an extra day.
And finally, in case the D-backs were to drop their final six games and the Giants won their final six, the two teams would meet in a one-game playoff next Thursday and Kennedy would be set to go on regular rest for that contest.
"Not planning on it," Gibson said of the one-game playoff scenario. "We just have to be prepared, not for the worst, just be prepared."