Day 3: Feb. 21

WHAT HAPPENED:

– Stephen Drew took grounders for the second straight day and second time since his injury.

– D-backs pitchers threw bullpens and went through drills.

WHAT WE LEARNED:

– Takashi Saito will be the primary seventh-inning guy.

So said manager Kirk Gibson on Tuesday. He kind of just dropped that in his answer to a question about J.J. Putz. As with everything, though, it’s subject to change and Gibson did say he wasn’t ruling out throwing Saito earlier than the seventh.

– The D-backs have some nasty arms coming up through their farm system.

OK, so maybe we already knew that, but we got to see some of them up close Tuesday. Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs, Patrick Corbin, Evan Marshall et al threw and were extremely impressive.

It was clear that Gibson was impressed with what he saw, but also that he didn’t want to get too carried away.

“You don’t want to get too excited about it,” Gibson said. “They threw the ball good, we all know what their abilities are.”

– Trevor Cahill’s sinker is really, really good.

OK, yeah I wrote this yesterday as well, but today I had the chance to briefly talk to Miguel Montero about what it was like to catch Cahill for the first time Monday. Montero said he felt like each time he caught a sinker he was “catching a hammer.”

– Drew is on pace so far.

Talked briefly with him after he finished taking grounders and he said again that he had a good day and was encouraged. He will get a day off from that Wednesday.

– David Hernandez is not sure how he got the nickname “Hardball.”

He thinks it was Daniel Hudson who gave it to him, but he doesn’t seem to be too bothered by it.

“I guess I’m alright with it,” he said. “It’s better than being called ‘Slowball.'”

LINKS:

Speaking of Hernandez…

Putz will be on different schedule this year…

Bauer learns about “Gibby Time”…

Skaggs impressive in first bullpen session…

WHAT’S COMING UP:

– The workout should start with stretching around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and run till noonish. More bullpen sessions. The pitchers who threw Monday — Ian Kennedy, Hudson, Joe Saunders etc. — will throw Wednesday.

– For those of you who have asked, yes, workouts are open to the public. They are free as is parking before games get underway.

You can park in the Desert Parking Lot and walk to any of the fields. The best vantage point for the covered batting cages and the pitching mounds — where the bullpen sessions happen — can be accessed by walking up the ramp behind them.

That’s all for today.  Remember…
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