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Roberts not worried about playing time

PHOENIX -- Even though D-backs third baseman Ryan Roberts is coming off starts on Wednesday and Thursday, the 31-year-old admitted he is struggling to find consistency in his game through inconsistent playing time.

"Playing every day helps you not take an 0-for game as bad because you can go out the next day," Roberts said. "The chances to get into a rhythm are easier and the chances to ride out of a slump are better. It's just more comforting knowing."

Before being in the lineup the last two games in Cincinnati, Roberts hadn't started back-to-back days since June 29 and 30. Geoff Blum and Willie Bloomquist both saw time at third base, limiting Roberts' at-bats.

Ryan Wheeler, who was selected from Triple-A Reno on Friday when the club released Blum, got the start at third in the series opener against the Astros.

But despite not playing every day, Roberts has put together a successful month at the plate. In 25 July at-bats entering Friday, Roberts has totaled eight hits and four walks, good enough for a .320 average and .414 on-base percentage.

"I'm trying to get better and do what I can to get a chance and produce," Roberts said. "I don't pay any attention to it; it is what it is."

Going forward, the amount of playing time Roberts receives is up in the air, but D-backs manager Kirk Gibson still sees him as an integral part of the team.

"I don't have an answer for you. I try to rotate them the best I can," Gibson said. "It could be a good thing to have the depth we do. The guys will be prepared to play and play with energy when called on."

PHOENIX -- Even though D-backs third baseman Ryan Roberts is coming off starts on Wednesday and Thursday, the 31-year-old admitted he is struggling to find consistency in his game through inconsistent playing time.

"Playing every day helps you not take an 0-for game as bad because you can go out the next day," Roberts said. "The chances to get into a rhythm are easier and the chances to ride out of a slump are better. It's just more comforting knowing."

Before being in the lineup the last two games in Cincinnati, Roberts hadn't started back-to-back days since June 29 and 30. Geoff Blum and Willie Bloomquist both saw time at third base, limiting Roberts' at-bats.

Ryan Wheeler, who was selected from Triple-A Reno on Friday when the club released Blum, got the start at third in the series opener against the Astros.

But despite not playing every day, Roberts has put together a successful month at the plate. In 25 July at-bats entering Friday, Roberts has totaled eight hits and four walks, good enough for a .320 average and .414 on-base percentage.

"I'm trying to get better and do what I can to get a chance and produce," Roberts said. "I don't pay any attention to it; it is what it is."

Going forward, the amount of playing time Roberts receives is up in the air, but D-backs manager Kirk Gibson still sees him as an integral part of the team.

"I don't have an answer for you. I try to rotate them the best I can," Gibson said. "It could be a good thing to have the depth we do. The guys will be prepared to play and play with energy when called on."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.