SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Spring training is six days longer this year in order to fit the World Baseball Classic into an already-full schedule, which is the reason the Diamondbacks will begin exhibition play Saturday.
For D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, it is business as usual. While Montero is pleased and proud to make his first appearance for his native Venezuela in the WBC, he said he will not treat the disjointed spring any differently than in previous years. The D-backs come first.
That is the No. 1 priority. I have a responsibility to my team, and I need to take care of that. I have never represented my country before. To be the first time, it is going to be a blast. Im excited about it. But I am just going to try to keep my routine. I cant really change anything, Montero said.
Montero will catch starting rotation candidate Tyler Skaggs when the D-backs open their 37-game spring schedule against the Rockies at Salt River Fields. Skaggs, one of three candidates for the No. 5 spot ...