Ransom to get more playing time at third

Ransom to get more playing time at third

WASHINGTON -- Cody Ransom will get additional playing time at third base for the D-backs with Ryan Roberts still struggling to find his stroke at the plate.

"I'll keep playing him on and off," manager Kirk Gibson said of Roberts. "Right now Cody has done a great job for us recently, and he's going to play more than he normally would."

Coming into Tuesday's game with the Nationals, Roberts was mired in an 0-for-11 and 1-for-28 slump.

"I think he's one hit away from being out of it," Gibson said. "I've watched the quality of his work, and he's tried to correct some things he's doing. This is a great situation: He's on the bench, he has the chance to come in and have an impactful at-bat."

Ransom, who opened the year with Triple-A Reno, is hitting .318 with a pair of homers in 22 at-bats.

While the results don't show it, Gibson does think that Roberts' frame of mind is better of late.

"I just saw him overthinking things, and now I just think he's in a better place," Gibson said. "I think he's started to relax more."