Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Roberts back in lineup for D-backs

By Anthony Fenech / MLB.com | 05/31/11

PHOENIX -- After a day off on Monday, Ryan Roberts was back in the D-backs lineup on Tuesday, hitting leadoff and playing third base.

"Physically, it helps 100 percent," Roberts said of his day off. "Mentally, maybe 30 percent because you stay in tune with the game and watch how it develops."

Roberts has played in 44 games this season. The 30-year-old is hitting .280 in 143 at-bats, scoring 29 runs and has played four different positions for the D-backs.

"I feel good," he said. "You never hope for a day off. You always want to be in the lineup, but when they come it's good to take your rest and let your body rest."

Roberts said he doesn't care where he's playing and only worries that he is playing.

"Any position is good," he said. "I've played a lot of positions over the years, so just getting on the field is my goal."

In parts of six Major League seasons, Roberts has played five positions: shortstop, second base, third base, right field and left field.

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