MIAMI -- First base has become a difficult juggling act for D-backs manager Kirk Gibson.
On the one hand, Paul Goldschmidt is viewed as the future at the position, given his performance in 2011. However, it's been a tough start to the season for the slugging right-hander, while backup Lyle Overbay has been swinging a hot bat.
"You want to show confidence in them and play them, but at the same time, you want to keep everybody playing," Gibson said of his lineup decisions in general. "There's times I think that you want to try to balance it, give a guy some time to relax and work on some things."
Overbay, who is hitting .308 with a .919 OPS (on-base plus slugging) got the start in the first game of the series against the Marlins on Friday, and Goldschmidt, who is hitting .185 with a .540 OPS, started Saturday. On Sunday, Gibson once again went with Overbay.
"He's done well," Gibson said of Overbay. "Goldy, actually, I think he's coming around a little bit. He's starting to swing the bat a little better. I've watched him in the cage a little bit."
Overbay credited some mechanical adjustments at the plate for his improved results. He has also tried to help Goldschmidt get going.
"Goldy will figure it out and be all right," Overbay said. "When you start struggling a little bit, then you start looking for answers. Hopefully he knows that I'm there for him. He's going to be a big part of this."