Wade Miley will take the hill against the Giants on Saturday looking to add some stability to the D-backs' rotation.
Of the five pitchers in Arizona's starting rotation at the beginning of the season, Miley is the only one still taking the mound regularly for the D-backs.
Veteran Bronson Arroyo recently announced he wound undergo Tommy John surgery, knocking him out for the season. Brandon McCarthy was traded to the Yankees for Vidal Nuno. Randall Delgado and Trevor Cahill have both been demoted from their roles, sent to the bullpen and the Minor Leagues, respectively.
Miley has been the sole continuing presence in the rotation, and he has performed admirably, leading the staff in innings pitched (120) and strikeouts (114).
Miley is coming off a pair of solid starts, including an eight-inning gem against the Pirates on July 1 in which he struck out 10 batters. In his last two starts, he's given up three combined runs and struck out 19 batters.
Miley will face off against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, who has quite a history against the D-backs.
Vogelsong is 5-6 with a 3.92 ERA against Arizona, but he has made it past the sixth inning just once in his last seven starts against the D-backs.
Manager Kirk Gibson said Friday that the rotation after Miley might get shaken up after the All-Star break.
"We're not solid on it right yet," he said. "[Pitching coach Mike Harkey] and I were talking; we haven't made any final decisions. We're looking at it."
One of the players Gibson said they were looking at was Sunday's starter, rookie Chase Anderson.
Anderson is 6-4 in 10 starts since being called up from Double-A Mobile in May. But entering the second half of the season, Anderson is already at 54 innings pitched, and he's never tossed more than 108 1/3 in a season before.
"With Chase, the one thing that we'll probably do is try to give Chase some extended time off coming out of the break," Gibson said. "With him, we've had discussions of how far do you let him go.
"There are different opinions of how many innings you go. You kind of turn that into observe mode and you look for indicators that say you should shut him down or let him keep going."
Giants: Scutaro activated, will start Sunday
After dealing with a chronic back injury dating back to 2013, infielder Marco Scutaro is finally making his way back into the Giants' lineup.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Scutaro would make his first start of the season Saturday, but how often he plays will depend on how his back feels.
Despite the nagging injury, Scutaro's teammates think his presence alone can help boost the struggling team.
"My back is better, but it's not the way it used to be," Scutaro said. "The pain is still there. Sometimes I have a good day, sometimes I have a bad day. I'm just going to try and go day by day."
Scutaro said rotation from swinging aggravates the injury, making it tougher to cope in the batter's box than in the field.
Bochy said the 38-year-old won't play day games after night games, but he has otherwise remained undecided on how the veteran will split time with rookie second baseman Joe Panik.
D-backs: Peralta working on fielding as outfield gets crowded
Since he was called up from Double-A Mobile in June, rookie outfielder David Peralta has hit consistently, putting up a .325 batting average and .811 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) in his first 34 games.
Where he has occasionally struggled, though, is in the outfield.
"I think he's young," Gibson said. "He doesn't have a ton of experience out there. We've talked to him quite a bit."
Peralta doesn't have the same level of experience as a lot of outfielders; the Cardinals originally signed him as a pitcher.
"He's gotten better and understands," Gibson said. "He just hasn't had a lot of time out there, to be honest with you. He hustles over and gets there, but there are little things that you can do to make it easier on yourself. He's very open to that.
"In general, I see a kid make a mistake and [he] listens and corrects it. You don't really have to tell him two times. He's pretty good."
The D-backs have been stretched thin in the outfield due to several injuries, but slugging left fielder Mark Trumbo has returned to the lineup after missing all of May and June with a stress fracture in his left foot.
The D-backs plan to use Trumbo sparingly to aid in his recovery, but his return might put pressure on Peralta.
"[Peralta] was there tonight; we had him out there in early batting practice working. And he can also play left," Gibson said before Friday's series opener vs. the Giants. "If we get the lead tonight, I'll probably take Trumbo out and move him back over and bring [outfielder Ender Inciarte] in. I'm going to have to rotate the guys and keep them all playing."
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.