LOS ANGELES -- It was not an event that D-backs third baseman Martin Prado felt like commemorating in the midst of a disappointing loss to the Dodgers on Saturday night, but Sunday morning he reflected on the 1,000th hit of his career.
The hit came in the ninth inning, when he drilled a Kenley Jansen pitch over the wall in left for a home run that pulled the D-backs to within 6-4.
Ironically, Prado did not even know it was a milestone hit.
D-backs clubhouse assistant Lupe Uribe mentioned to Prado when he returned to the dugout that they were working on getting the ball back for him, and Prado was initially confused as to why.
After the game, Prado traded an autographed bat for the ball.
"I never thought I was going to get it," Prado said of hit No. 1,000. "Just to see it from when you start at one all the way to 1,000. That's a lot of hits. I can't imagine those guys that have 3,000 hits. Hall of Famers. It's a good accomplishment in my career and I'm going to keep moving on."
Tuffy stays ready, earning more playing time
LOS ANGELES -- As the season wears on, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson is likely to give starting catcher Miguel Montero some more days off.
When he does, you can expect backup Tuffy Gosewisch to be ready.
Gosewisch started in place of Montero on Friday and went 3-for-4.
"Tuffy's been playing good for us when I've been putting him in there," Gibson said. "He's played well. You'll see him more often."
That's fine by Gosewisch, who approaches each day as though he's going to start even though the chances are he will not.
"Mentally, I do that just so that mentally every day I'm ready to play," he said. "I think that helps. If I'm not in there, then fine, but I'm ready in case I am."
That goes for keeping his body ready as well.
"Physically I'm doing all the same stuff I would if I were starting," he said. "I probably work out a little more just to keep my body in shape, because it's not taking the beating it would if I were catching every day. So if something happens where I need to catch four or five days in a row, I don't want it to shock my system, so I try to keep my legs strong."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.