PHOENIX -- D-backs infielder Martin Prado spent seven years playing for the Braves and another five years in Atlanta's Minor League system.
For the first time Monday, he will play against the Braves when they open a three-game series at Chase Field, and Prado is looking forward to renewing acquaintances.
"It's going to be fun to play against them," he said. "They know me well and I know them well, so it's going to be fun. I'm excited to see them."
Since coming over to the D-backs in the January trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta, Prado has remained in touch with a number of the Braves players.
"I've been talking to Eric O'Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel and they said, 'We're going to throw you fastballs right down the middle' and I said, 'Yeah right, I believe that,'" Prado said with a laugh.
Prado's close friend, Atlanta catcher Brian McCann, is back on the field after missing the first month of the season with an injured right shoulder.
"I'm so happy that McCann is playing," Prado said. "He's such a good teammate, a real professional. He takes winning very seriously, he's a competitor. He's a real humble guy and he helps a young team, the young kids. I'm just happy he's healthy."
Gibson offers support for criticized umpires
PHOENIX -- Don't count on D-backs manager Kirk Gibson to join the chorus of people criticizing Major League umpires in the wake of a pair of controversial decisions.
"I disagree, I let them know," Gibson said. "If they disagree, they let me know back and we go and play a game. I certainly don't hold it against them. I don't think anybody blows a call by design and I think they do a heck of a job, I really do."
Before the D-backs game with the Phillies on Friday, Gibson was asked about the game Wednesday night when umpire Angel Hernandez ruled that Adam Rosales' ninth-inning hit was a double rather than a home run.
Major League Baseball reviewed the decision and said, in retrospect, it was incorrect.
"I make mistakes and I understand it," Gibson said. "I'm very critical of myself and I'm sure they are too, but you have to learn to move on. You've got to keep your head down and keep going in a positive direction. You can't get too bogged down in the criticism and the magnification and the people who are all weighing in on it. It's pretty easy to weigh in on it. Everybody is writing on the Internet and they're tweeting about it and they're ripping these people apart, it's just the society we live in. I don't like it."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.