Hill rests as McDonald starts in his place

Hill rests as McDonald starts in his place

PHILADELPHIA -- When D-backs manager Kirk Gibson arrived to Citizens Bank Park around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, second baseman Aaron Hill was already there.

"I came in today, and I was alluding to [the fact that] I want to make sure that we keep everybody fresh," Gibson said. "And he says, 'Wait a minute. What's going on?'... He was waiting for the lineup to go up."

When it eventually did, Hill wasn't on it. Gibson gave Hill a day off for Saturday's middle game against the Phillies. John McDonald started at second base, batting out of the eight-hole.

Hill, who is hitting .299 with 13 homers and 47 RBIs, has played in all but four games this season.

"He's played more than anybody else," Gibson said. "He was on quite a roll. Now, not as much. [He's] playing hard. I see some frustration. I'm just going to stay ahead of it."