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J.J. Putz has been more than just the linchpin at the back of the D-backs' bullpen. The veteran closer has served as a mentor to some of the younger pitchers, and the example he's set has resonated.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew still has a long way to go in his ankle rehab, but he took a nice step Thursday by moving laterally while fielding ground balls.
Drew took grounders Monday at Salt River Fields for the first time since fracturing his right ankle last July. In that session, though, he didn't move side to side as he did on Thursday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With the acquisition of Jason Kubel from Minnesota this offseason, the Diamondbacks' outfield situation got a little complicated. Gold Glove winner Gerrardo Parra suddenly appeared out of a starting job.
Parra reported to D-backs camp at Salt River Fields on Wednesday and said he's happy the team added Kubel. He offered not even an inkling of a complaint...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Stress, Trevor Bauer believes, is defined by your perspective.
While many people seek to avoid it, he embraces it. He believes his success as a pitcher depends on his ability to function with it, so he immerses himself in it. His workout routine comes from the please, sir, can I have another? school.
Bauers pregame regimen, which includes an hour of stretching...
(Eds: Adds details, quotes.) Ever since Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt stepped on a baseball field he has been able to hit the ball a long way.
The Diamondbacks know what Goldschmidt is capable of and expect the 24-year-old to contribute but they're not necessarily looking for power.
''I would be happy if he did what he did last year and nothing more than...
2011 RecapAfter going an NL West-worst 65-97 in 2010, the Diamondbacks were able to turn it around under manager Kirk Gibson in his first full season at the helm in Arizona, going 94-68 and winning the NL West crown. The starting rotation was surprisingly strong, as Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88 ERA) and Daniel Hudson (16-12, 3.49 ERA) both had career years, while Joe Saunders (12...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When it comes to all the changes that took place in the National League West this offseason, Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson might have put it best.
"It's hard not to notice everything," Hudson said. "I think a lot of guys would be lying if they said they didn't pay attention to it at all."
While they remain primarily focused...
Shaw throws a cut fastball that some in the Diamondbacks clubhouse liken to that of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
One year after he made controlling the running game a focus of spring training -- and saw the results pay off in the regular season -- Gibson is asking even more of his pitchers. He wants them to help themselves at the plate.
The D-backs have not had talks recently with catcher Miguel Montero about a contract extension.
In addition to monitoring the workload of reliever Takashi Saito, the D-backs plan to take it easy on closer J.J. Putz this spring.
DeMarco: There is plenty of evidence that the Diamondbacks have set themselves up nicely for a short-term run of success — no matter how much their win total may fall in 2012.
For the first time in an MLB game telecast, live audio content will air on a brief delay throughout the Cactus League game telecast of the Cleveland Indians at the Diamondbacks on March 7.
With the volatility of the closer spot on major league baseball teams, it is important to have a good idea of who are the main players in the bullpen because 30+% of the teams in the league are going to have a new closer at some point in the season. Here is a look at the current bullpen situations in the National League West:
1. J.J. Putz - saved 45 games...