SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks long reliever Josh Collmenter led a group of rookies to the Arizona Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction on Saturday for the second year in a row. He's become the ringleader of what may become an annual rookie hazing ritual.
It could hardly be more fitting that Collmenter would be the player to take on the responsibility, as he's also become a renaissance man of sorts within the D-backs' bullpen. Since losing his spot in the starting rotation last season, Collmenter has grown to appreciate the value of his long relief and utility role that asks more of him than any other reliever.
"Colly's a guy who has the demeanor to do whatever he's asked, (and) he can do it on short notice," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "I would throw him virtually anywhere in a game. Anywhere. I know he can handle it."
Gibson said he still sees Collmenter as his long relief man but also as an option to make spot starts or emergency starts, like he did last year when ...