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Top Prospects: David Holmberg, LHP, D-backs

Coming off what manager Kirk Gibson referred to as a "bad" road trip, Arizona won the first contest of a nine-hame homestand Monday and looks to carry the momentum into Tuesday against a familiar face.

When D-backs hitters step into the batter's box looking to win the series against the Padres, they will be staring down their former teammate, Ian Kennedy.

The right-hander was traded from Arizona to San Diego on July 31, and although he spent almost four seasons in Arizona and posted a 21-win season in 2011, the pleasantries will be brief.

"We know him well, and he knows us well," Gibson said. "Ian was here for a while. He had a great season in 2011. He was our No. 1 pitcher. It'll be a little different, but only for a second, because we wish him well. But he's in our division, so it's a little different. We want to beat [him], just like he wants to beat [us]."

While Kennedy struggled with the D-backs in the first half of the season, posting a 5.23 ERA and 3-8 record, the change of scenery seems to be exactly what he needed.

Kennedy has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his four starts for the Friars, and he is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA.

"We're seeing the pitcher we thought we'd get," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Padres: Bass brings new approach
Prior to Monday's series opener, the Padres recalled reliever Anthony Bass to provide some depth to the bullpen.

The right-hander had two previous stints with the Padres this season, but he struggled and was optioned to Triple-A Tucson. However, he is 2-2 with a 2.30 ERA in his last five Minors starts.

"I've been trying to figure things out mechanically, and I've decided to go with what works for me," Bass said. "I've gone back to what got me here in 2011 -- pitching from the third-base side of the rubber -- and I have added more coil to my delivery."

To make room for Bass, the Padres optioned Brad Brach to Triple-A Tucson.

• Reymond Fuentes made his Major League debut in Monday's contest. The speedy outfielder went 0-for-3, but the Padres are looking forward to seeing what he can contribute.

"We'll see moving forward, but he'll get his starts," Black said. "It got to the point where [general manager Josh Byrnes and assistant manager A.J. Hinch] felt the time was now to pull the trigger to see what he can do."

D-backs: Holmberg to debut
D-backs' No. 5 prospect David Holmberg will start Tuesday's game in his Major League debut. He's taking the place of Trevor Cahill, who tossed four innings in the the D-backs 18-inning game against the Phillies on Saturday.

"[Holmberg] has been throwing the ball good. He has the ability to throw any pitch at any time -- that's kind of who he is," Gibson said. "He's not David Wells yet, but the way he throws, he' got a good curveball, slider, changeup, and he moves his fastball around. He just knows how to pitch. If he can keep the ball in play and let us take care of it, I like our chances."

In Holmberg's last six starts for Double-A Mobile, he posted a 1.57 ERA. Overall, the left-hander is 5-7 with a 2.66 ERA.

• Prior to Monday's game, the Diamondbacks activated Eric Chavez and Miguel Montero from the disabled list.

Montero had been out since July 28 with a lower back strain and Chavez was absent since August 10 because of left knee and right hip discomfort.

While Arizona is glad to have the duo back, Gibson said he will be cautious with both players and will make sure not to overwork them.

Worth noting
• Martin Prado continues to hit at a torrid pace. After going 1-for-3 on Monday, he is hitting .357 since the All-Star break.

• Ian Kennedy has never pitched against the D-backs, but is 25-13 with a 3.59 ERA at Chase Field. Comments