Friday scribblings from D-backs camp
A little bit of a late start for the D-backs today as they had their annual meeting with the Players Association in the morning.
— Tony Abreu left camp on Friday to attend to a family issue, but is not expected to miss much time and could be back as soon as Saturday.
— Brandon Webb had a “really good” long-toss session Friday according to pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr.
One of the issues that Webb has faced in his comeback is getting his timing/mechanics down. One trick that Stottlemyre tried with him Friday that paid dividends was rolling the ball to him before he threw, that way he had his feet moving and that prompted him to get his arm up and into the right position quicker.
All three bullpen sessions Webb has thrown so far this spring have been separate from his teammates, but he’s feeling good enough now that he’s going to throw his next session Sunday with the other pitchers.
— Third baseman Mark Reynolds and outfielder Justin Upton wore wireless mics for a Major League Baseball Productions feature.
“I don’t think I’ve said anything interesting,” Reynolds said near the end of the workout.
— Dan Haren looked sharp while throwing a live batting practice session.
“He was painting as usual,” Reynolds said alluding to Haren’s pinpoint control even this early in camp.
For Haren the session helped jump start where his progress this spring.
“I was getting to a lull period where I was getting to the point where I needed to be,” Haren said. “It’s amazing you get a hitter standing in there and the adrenaline pumping and everything seemed right. I’m happy with the way today went.”
Each year Haren tries to work on something to improve and try and get better. One thing is trying to improve his second halves which have caused him some issues the past couple of years.
“I’m going to do a little more maintenance stuff during the season and try to be better toward the end,” Haren said. “Hopefully I’ll get off to a good start, I’ve had the ability to do that the last few years and just keep that momentum throughout and hopefully come the second half we’re playing for something and that always makes it easier.”
That Haren has had some good stretches in the second half is proof to him that it’s not a physical issue.
“It’s definitely not a fatigue thing,” he said. “It’s the ability to bounce back after a rough one and some of it can be mental more than physical because my stuff is there at the end of the year. You get hit around one or two times in the big leagues it’s not easy to get out there that third time. You lose a little bit of confidence.”