The matchup of starting pitchers in the finale of the three-game series between the Braves and D-backs on Sunday at Chase Field is between two right-handers who weren't even on their respective rosters until Spring Training turned into the regular season.
The Braves signed veteran Aaron Harang after he was released by the Indians to fill one of the slots left open after Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy went out for the season because of Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery.
The D-backs elevated Chase Anderson from the Minor Leagues on May 6 and is 4-0 with a 3.32 ERA in his first four starts, the first time that has ever happened in D-backs history.
"The 4-0, I mean my name is next to it, but it's obviously for the team," Anderson said. "I mean, shoot, look at the run support that I've had. It's a testament to the run support I've gotten and the defense that's been played behind me. Having that kind of run support helps you relax a little bit as a rookie and I think that's played into me being consistent in all my starts because I've had that support."
Harang, with his eight Major League team, is 4-4 with a 3.24 ERA in his 12 starts for the Braves.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he wasn't surprised by Harang's durability.
"Everybody deserves a chance to rebound a little bit," Gonzalez said. "He has pitched really, really well for us. I don't tend to look at the numbers, whether they're good or bad because every year is different. I'll tell you what, you feel good every time he goes out there. He competes."
Braves: Harang a 'real professional'
The Braves signed Harang as a free agent on March 26 and immediately put him into a depleted starting rotation. Inclusive of his spring stint with Cleveland, the 26-year-old native of San Diego has played for six teams since his eight-year tenure with the Reds ended after the 2010 season.
"He's a real professional," Gonzalez said. "He knows how to take care of himself. He's been outstanding on the mound. He knows how to pitch. I think he's been a great teammate, a good locker room guy. Of course, none of that stuff surprises me. You don't hang around that long without being a good guy, without being a good person.
"He brought us that stability of going out there every fifth day. You give him the ball and he gives you a good chance of winning the game."
D-backs: Putz getting closer
Reliever J.J. Putz appeared in back-to-back games for Triple-A Reno on Thursday and Friday as part of his injury rehab assignment.
Putz, who has been on the disabled list since May 4 with right forearm tightness, struggled a bit with his command Thursday, but struck out both batters he faced Friday.
"My fastball, I was a little inconsistent with it," Putz said of Thursday. "At the end of the inning I made the adjustments and got out of it. Threw the ball a lot better [Friday] so it was very positive. I feel good after throwing two days in a row. I feel a lot better."
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he will sit down with general manager Kevin Towers and the team's medical staff to determine the next step for Putz, but it likely will be a simulated game Monday.
"I think he's getting closer to coming back," Gibson said. "As we do with most guys we try and make sure they stay a little longer, get as much arm strength as they can."
• D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he would like to give Martin Prado Sunday off, but he will have to see if Eric Chavez's knees are feeling better. Chavez would get the start at third for Prado.
• Braves center fielder Jordan Schafer, who got a last minute start on Friday night and went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, is a .281 lifetime hitter at Chase Field.
• D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is 5-for-10 with a pair of homers against Harang, while Miguel Montero has hit .556 (10-for-18) against the veteran right-hander.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.