Tuesday news and notes
— Max Scherzer was scheduled to face hitters over at the team’s Minor League complex today. Originally the team had him set to throw one more bullpen session, but instead felt good enough to face hitters.
Probably one more session against hitters for Scherzer before he gets into a Cactus League game.
— Doug Davis played catch again on Tuesday and threw from a little longer distance than he did on Monday without any problems.
It looks like Davis will throw a couple of bullpens before making his next start on March 18 and D-backs manager Bob Melvin said that he’s “more optimistic each day” that Davis will be ready to go on Opening Day.
— Wrote about Chad Tracy today and how much better his knee is feeling this year. Something he said that was interesting was that being right-handed, playing third base actually feels more natural than first.
“It feels smoother,” he said. “It flows better for me on that side of the field.”
That does not mean that he feels more comfortable at third or wants to play it on an everyday basis, just that for right-handers it is more natural to be on that side of the diamond.
— Davis received a Courage Award in a ceremony on Monday night. The award, which is presented by the Tempe Sports Authority Foundation, honors “outstanding men and women in sports who have overcome physical challenges and hardship.”
Paralympic gold medal-winners Jeff Skiba and Jessica Long were also honored.
— They are dedicating Eric Byrnes Field on Wednesday at Telephone Pioneers of America Park (19th Ave. between Bell and Union) as part of the organization’s ‘Diamonds Back’ Field Building Program.
No word as to whether the bases are angled at less than 90 degrees so Byrnes would be able to run them.
— Another article on D-backs team president/CEO Derrick Hall that is worth a read.
— Bullpen coach Glenn Sherlock is a devoted reader of the blog. In fact, if I don’t update it daily I’ll hear about it from Sherls.
Anyway Sherls added some fuel to the D-backs-Dodgers rivalry when he parked in Los Angeles GM Ned Colleti’s parking spot. Luckily he was able to get his truck moved before it was towed.