PHOENIX -- Rehabbing shortstop Stephen Drew will begin a second stretch of three straight starts for Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.
Drew played three straight days for the Aces leading up to Saturday and came out of that stretch feeling good about his healing ankle.
"He wants to do it again to see if it's the same," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "When he does something the first time, it's new but if he does it again, it gets better."
Through his first six games with Reno, Drew is 7-for-24 with a homer and two RBIs. He took Sunday and Monday off before batting third for the Aces on Tuesday.
"He feels pretty good, he does a lot of work in between to help him rebound," Gibson said. "We just evaluate and see what Stephen is comfortable with."
On the other hand, reliever Takashi Saito's rehab process was put on hold due to illness.
Saito is unavailable to pitch because he is battling a virus. In 2 2/3 innings at Triple-A, the veteran has allowed seven hits and three earned runs.
Relievers auctioning Bieber card for charity
PHOENIX -- Bieber fever has infected the D-backs clubhouse after what began as a practical joke last week is now becoming a way for three Arizona relievers to help raise money for charity.
While in Texas for a three-game series with the Rangers, D-backs pitcher Brad Ziegler picked up two boxes of Justin Bieber trading cards at the Panini company's headquarters in Dallas.
Ziegler gave the cards to closer J.J. Putz, who promptly opened the packs to discover a rare card signed by the teen pop sensation. Ziegler snapped a picture of Putz holding the card with a childlike grin and tweeted it out to all his followers.
That yielded a national response and even an appearance for Putz on TMZ's television program.
Now a week later, Ziegler, Putz and fellow reliever Craig Breslow are auctioning off the autographed card, reportedly worth thousands, to benefit Breslow's Strike 3 Foundation and Ziegler's Pastime for Patriots.
"It started out with [Ziegler] having a little fun at my expense that I enjoy Bieber's music and now we decided to raise money for two outstanding causes," Putz said Tuesday. "Hopefully we can help out a lot of people."
The pitching trio and the Diamondbacks Foundation also will be matching the winning bid for the card up to $2,500.
"Collectively, we're grateful for J.J.'s generosity, it was pretty fortuitous for him to pull that card," Breslow said. "A lot more good will be done for our charities than what would be done if he hung on to it and did whatever middle-aged men do with Justin Bieber cards."
Bieber is scheduled to perform in Phoenix on Sept. 29, and the D-backs players are hoping they can convince the singer to make a visit to Chase Field while in town.
"We would love to invite him out here and come throw the first pitch," Putz said. "I know I'll be at his concert anyways."
The auction went live on dbacks.com early Tuesday afternoon and by 6 p.m. MST the highest bid already had surpassed $500. The auction will end July 2.
"In all seriousness I want to thank J.J. and the D-backs for getting behind us," Breslow said. "These are two causes that are important us. The finances we get are great but the awareness is better."
Whatever the end result of the Bieber explosion in the D-backs clubhouse may be, it appears the singer will be following Putz for a while. While pitching in the ninth inning Monday, Bieber's song, "Baby" played after the closer recorded each out.
Gibson gives Young night off to relax
PHOENIX -- In light of continued struggles at the plate since returning from the disabled list last month, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson kept center fielder Chris Young out of the lineup Tuesday for the first time since June 9.
While the rest of the club totaled 11 hits Monday against the Mariners, Young went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
"It seems like he was frustrated yesterday, he went and hit in the cage after the game, I think he's pressing pretty hard," Gibson said. "Just giving him a day to relax and work on some things."
Young was activated from the DL on May 18 and batted .158 with a .200 on-base percentage in 10 games the rest of the month. In June, the 28-year-old is reaching base more often with a .288 OBP but he's still not finding hits, batting at a .143 clip.
Before going on the DL with a shoulder contusion, Young tore the cover off the ball to start the season, batting .410 with five homers and 13 RBIs.
Gibson said Young hasn't complained about any lingering effects from the injury but that he isn't sure the outfielder would say anything even if he was feeling discomfort.
"He's worked hard," Gibson said. "Early in the season he was locked in, he was trying to get back to that and that's pretty hard to do. He's not there right now. He expects to be though, everyone would try to do that. He was on fire."
Aaron Hill had to trade away some autographed equipment, but the D-backs second baseman got the home run ball he hit Monday to complete the first cycle of his career and the fifth in franchise history.
"He was a nice fan, I signed a couple things for him," Hill said. "It'll be good to add that ball to the collection."
Because the D-backs either lost or won by more than five runs on their road trip last week, closer J.J. Putz hadn't appeared in a game before Monday since June 10.
The time off was difficult for the 35-year-old, and he admitted it was hard to find a rhythm once he did pitch Monday in the ninth inning.
"I got some good side work in, but obviously I felt a little rusty," Putz said. "It's not the first time it's happened and it won't be the last time. You try to lean on the experience you have and try to get through it."
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said, given the circumstances, his closer performed well in his 1-2-3 inning to secure the club's 7-1 win.
"He came in and threw the ball well," Gibson said. "With a lead he could work on some stuff, he threw the splitter a lot. It presents a challenge when they don't do their work, but it livens up arms."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.