D-backs daily wrap: March 6

WHAT HAPPENED:

The D-backs fell to the Rangers, 16-3, at Salt River Fields.

WHAT WE LEARNED:

– The D-backs have not looked good so far this spring.

So far Kirk Gibson has taken what’s happened in stride, but if they continue to miss cutoff men and play sloppy baseball you can bet he’s going to have something to say about it.

– The D-backs haven’t backed off their early work.

Gibson cited all the work he’s put his team through in the mornings as a possible explanation for what’s happened so far in games. He also hinted at the fact that he could start backing off that a little bit following Thursday’s off day.

Jason Kubel has been fitting in nicely so far this spring.

Matt Davidson has impressed so far in camp.

– Joe Saunders didn’t have a very good outing resultswise, but the left-hander said he felt good about his pitches.

No one should read much, if anything at all, into the first outing or two of spring for established veterans. This is a time for them to get their legs under them and tinker with pitches or any mechanical adjustments they may be making.

The Minor Leaguers are anxious to get going.

Farm director Mike Bell was thrilled with the amount of players who have turned out for early work thus far.

– Evan Marshall was struck in the right ribcage by a line drive Monday, but Gibson said after the game that it did not look like it was serious.

WHAT’S COMING UP:

The D-backs play host to the Indians on Wednesday at Salt River Fields.

Trevor Cahill will make his first appearance in a D-backs uniform and be followed to the mound by Tyler Skaggs.

That’s all for today.  Remember…
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