PHOENIX -- After not placing outfielder Justin Upton in the lineup for three of the past five games, including Tuesday and Wednesday before Thursday's off-day, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson batted Upton third and put him in right field against the Athletics on Friday. "He's had a couple days off. Hopefully he's refreshed and ready to go," Gibson said. "We won two games without him, won a series, now we have another series to win." The All-Star's abbreviated benching picked up steam on Tuesday when D-backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick went on Xtra Sports 910 and called Upton an enigma and not the player the club expects of him.
Gibson never went as far as Kendrick's criticisms, but admitted he thought Upton was pressing. "I was pretty clear with why I did it. I was trying to help him, help him get relaxed and back on track," Gibson said. "He looks good to me today, refreshed and recharged." Since May 27, Upton is just 4-for-28 with one RBI.