Gibson shows confidence in Collmenter

Gibson shows confidence in Collmenter

Gibson shows confidence in Collmenter
SAN DIEGO -- After watching Josh Collmenter throw a bullpen session Wednesday, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson expressed confidence that the right-hander would be much improved when he starts Saturday against the Rockies.

In fact, Gibson said he didn't think Collmenter threw that poorly in allowing six runs [five earned] in three innings against the Giants. It would have been vastly different, Gibson said, if left fielder Gerardo Parra had picked up the ball cleanly and made a good throw on Brandon Crawford's second-inning double

"In reality I know you guys dissect his start, the play we made was very impactful on his performance -- when Parra dropped the ball," Gibson said. "Now you're down three runs, I think it just changes the whole direction of the game. We also left a run out there in the first inning."

Pitching coach Charles Nagy thought Collmenter might have been a little too pumped up for his first start of the year.

"He had a lot of energy," Nagy said. "He warmed up real well in the bullpen. Everything was going kind of fast. He was jumping a little bit, I think just excitement. I was hoping after the first inning he might settle down a little bit. But it just kind of picked up steam. One of those things. He left some pitches up and they took advantage of them."

Gibson has remained steadfast in his support of Collmenter through March and now April.

"I have confidence in Josh Collmenter," Gibson said. "That's why he's where he's at."