PHOENIX -- D-backs catcher Miguel Montero was out of the lineup for the second straight game Sunday and manager Kirk Gibson said he will get less playing time down the stretch with Tuffy Gosewisch getting more starts.
"I'm going to play Tuffy more and just have more of a rotation going forward," Gibson said. "There's really no reason to push [Montero] at this point. Tuffy's done a great job when I've played him so I think he's earned a little more playing time."
Montero has consistently ranked among the leaders in games caught during his career and Gibson wants to make sure he does a better job of getting him rest heading into next year.
"I'm not looking at next year," Montero said. "I got to finish this year, and then we'll look at next year. I'll take yesterday and today off, but obviously I've got personal goals as well that I would like to accomplish. Like maybe RBIs, homers, whatever it is. And I would like to accomplish it, and the only way to do it is playing. So I respect his decision, but let's see how long it lasts."
Montero has an on-base plus slugging mark of .757 while Gosewisch is limited action has an on-base plus slugging of .611.
"[Gosewisch] played sporadically and he's done a great job of staying ready and now he's played more and he's done the same thing," Gibson said. "He's swung the bat pretty good this year as well so it's kind of an emerging situation."
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