Peralta rests with left ankle injury

September 9th, 2018
Arizona Diamondbacks David Peralta in the first inning during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Rick Scuteri/AP

PHOENIX -- D-backs left fielder was out of the lineup Sunday after slightly injuring his left ankle while beating out a fielder's choice in the eighth inning of Saturday night's game.

"David kind of banged up his ankle. He was lunging at first base yesterday," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "It's nothing serious. It's nothing that's going to prolong things as I've been told. He could have played today. I want to protect a little bit of that bump and a bruise and also get him ready for that Colorado series."

In deference to the mile-high altitude in Denver and the toll it takes on an athlete's body, Lovullo tends to give players rest either during a series there, right before or right after.

Moving on

After Saturday's sloppy loss in extra innings, Lovullo made the rounds in the clubhouse Sunday morning to make sure everyone was ready to play.

"My thought process today was to walk in here and make sure that the coaches coached, that I aligned with the players and let them know that today is a new day and yesterday is gone," Lovullo said.

Of course, there's a difference between moving on and forgetting.

"I'm not going to forget what happened yesterday," Lovullo said. "It's going to motivate me to be ready today, and I want it to be the same way with the players."

Like a veteran

Infielder pinch-hit with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning Saturday and hit a line drive that was right at Braves second baseman , who snagged it for the third out.

Vargas, who has just two at-bats this year and 15 in his big league career, has impressed the staff with his veteran-like approach.

The 27-year-old caught the attention of all of baseball this summer when he hit safely in 35 straight games for Triple-A Reno.

"It didn't work out the way we wanted it to, but he did everything he was supposed to," Lovullo said. "He hit the heck out of the ball. He walked up to home plate and looked like a veteran.

"A confident guy, and I love that part of him. My interactions with him tell me that he is ready for every challenge that's placed in front of him."