LOS ANGELES -- Manager Kirk Gibson walked by Martin Prado on Monday and told him he would be getting Tuesday night off.
"Are you kidding?" Gibson said Prado replied.
No, Gibson was not kidding. After watching Prado start 31 of Arizona's first 32 games, Gibson felt like it was time for another break.
The decision comes the night after Prado had two hits and reached base three times. He has shown signs recently of snapping out of his slow start to the year.
"He's really pushed hard, he's been an awesome teammate," Gibson said. "Through the whole struggles every facet you'd ever want has been outstanding. Actually, I thought last night he swing the bat as well as good as he's swung it in a long time. You could see his old swing back."
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