Bauer stays in rotation, Collmenter to 'pen

Bauer stays in rotation, Collmenter to 'pen

CHICAGO -- The D-backs set the back end of their rotation on Friday.

After the Cubs series, which will feature starts by Ian Kennedy, Joe Saunders and Trevor Cahill, the D-backs will start Wade Miley on Monday and Trevor Bauer on Tuesday against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Manager Kirk Gibson toyed with the idea of pitching Miley during the Cubs series, but decided to give him a little extra rest after the left-hander faced two batters in the All-Star Game.

"There was a lot going, but it was a blast," Miley said. "You do kind of get worn out, mentally. I feel good now, though, I'm fine. I just want to get back to normal baseball rather than that. It was kind of crazy, I haven't seen anything like that before."

Bauer earned another start, given his performance in the final game of the first half, when he tossed six shutout innings against the Dodgers.

With Saunders returning to the rotation after being on the disabled list, Josh Collmenter will move back into the bullpen. Gibson likes the flexibility and length that Collmenter offers in the bullpen.

"That's one of the reasons," Gibson said. "We just think it's the way to go. We want to keep Trevor in the rotation. It's just the way we've set it up."

The D-backs will need to send a pitcher down when Saunders is officially activated on Saturday.