Snake bites

Snake bites

• The D-backs would like to use Brad Ziegler less frequently in the second half of the season. The right-hander enters Saturday tied for the Major League lead in appearances with 49.

"Somebody else has to pick him up, he's gassed," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He doesn't bounce back like he used to and that's because we've used him too much. We've went to that well a lot. If we keep doing it like this, it's going to be too hard on him to be successful."

• Following the All-Star break, the D-backs will work out in San Francisco on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. MST before taking on the Giants the following day.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.