Chase Anderson is about a month into his Major League career, and he'll make his seventh Major League start on Thursday, against the Brewers.
But for the first time since he's been in the bigs, he won't have Bronson Arroyo in the rotation with him, as the 15-year veteran is on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained UCL.
The D-backs' staff is feeling the absence of Arroyo, who helped Anderson get off to a 5-1 start.
"The thing about Bronson is, he brings so much experience, so much expertise," Anderson said. "You watch his last five, six starts, and his arm's been bothering him a little bit, but he still pitches and gets out.
"He knows how to figure things out and get through things."
Anderson himself has been pretty successful in getting through things, notching a 3.21 ERA in his first 33 2/3 innings. On Thursday he'll face the Brewers' Yovani Gallardo, who is 4-4 with a 3.51 ERA this season but 6-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his career against the D-backs.
Arroyo said on Wednesday that he is glad to be a role model and help young starters get settled in the big leagues.
"I've always related to the young guys," Arroyo said. "Even though now I'm 37, I feel like I'm still 27. And the younger guys -- 23, 24, 25 -- I just identify with them.
"I've always had a good way with those guys, so that allows some free and easy interaction that doesn't feel like they're talking to somebody who's like the principal of a school."
Said Anderson: "He has a lot of guts, and he's a team guy. He cares about the guys, and he wants to win, and he'll do whatever he has to do to win. If he's not feeling good, he still goes out there and guts out five, six, seven innings. It's a huge blow to our team. He's a great guy off the field, on the field, so we feel bad for him."
Brewers: Roenicke glad to see the last of Goldschmidt
The Brewers won't have to see Paul Goldschmidt again during the regular season, as they face the D-backs for the final time in 2014 on Thursday.
That farewell can't come soon enough for manager Ron Roenicke.
"I can't tell you that there's somebody better in the game than he is," Roenicke said. "Maybe there is. I can name some guys, maybe three or four, that are as good as him. He's incredible."
It's hard to blame Roenicke, as Goldschmidt has five homers in 18 games against Milwaukee.
The Brewers kept Goldschmidt in check on Tuesday by walking him in three of his four plate appearances.
"We've tried to pitch him hard in, and he hits a homer," Roenicke said. "We've tried to pitch him down and away, and he hits a homer or a double in the gap. We try to pitch him offspeed, and he rips that. We try to go hard stuff up; he rips that. There's not any holes. It's really hard to pitch to guys that don't have any weaknesses, and I don't see any. Maybe we're doing something wrong, but I don't see any."
D-backs: Gibson manages outfield despite injuries
Two of the D-backs' Opening Day outfielders are on the DL, and manager Kirk Gibson has been trying to fill their spots since.
Left fielder Mark Trumbo led the team with seven home runs before he went on the shelf with a stress fracture in his left foot in April. A little more than a month later, center fielder A.J. Pollock, who has a .920 OPS, sustained a fractured right hand after being hit by a pitch.
In the meantime, the D-backs have had six players play the two positions.
"Right before Pollock and [infielder Cliff Pennington] got hurt, we kind of found a decent rotation right there," Gibson said. "You can't replace Trumbo and what he can do, and then those two injuries has made it much tougher."
• The D-backs enter Thursday afternoon's contest with a 11-12 record in day games.
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.