D-backs Daily Wrap: March 12
— Joe Saunders left the game after being struck by a line drive.
— Kirk Gibson announced starters for Wednesday’s split-squad games.
WHAT WE LEARNED:
— Saunders appears to be OK after being hit just to the side of his left shin. He will have an x-ray Tuesday just to be sure. We’ll see if he is set back by only throwing a handful of pitches rather than the 40 or so he was scheduled to throw.
— Outfielder Chris Young has looked good at the plate this spring after making a slight adjustment in his mechanics at the plate. Young is certainly playing like someone who does not want to lose playing time to Gerardo Parra in the crowded Arizona outfield.
— Trevor Bauer has earned the respect of some of the veterans for his work ethic.
One of the aspects of his unique routine that could wind up being tweaked is the crow hop throw he does at the start of his warm-ups each half inning. He jammed catcher Miguel Montero’s thumb in his last outing and Montero was not pleased.
My guess: either they tell him to stop doing it or the catcher will just step out of the way from now on and let it go to the backstop.
— Speaking of Bauer…it’s a bit of a surprise that Gibson elected to go with Patrick Corbin instead of Bauer for Wednesday’s start.
— Third-base coach Matt Williams and Gibson talked to young third baseman Matt Davidson on Monday about not taking his at-bats into the field with him. In fact, Williams offered up a challenge.
“I want you to do a game where you don’t take one pitch off,” Gibson said Williams told Davidson. “One pitch, that’s hard. Matty would know, he was that caliber of a third baseman. We want to make sure he understands that.”
— A couple of other thoughts from Monday’s game…
Encouraging to see a clean inning from Bryan Shaw.
Joe Paterson did a nice job striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Outfielder A.J. Pollock continues to impress with his heads up play. You can see why the D-backs really like him. He doesn’t get intimidated by his surroundings and seems to have a real good feel for the game. Bunted for a hit with one out and the D-backs trailing by a run in the ninth. Ball was thrown away so he immediately found himself in scoring position.
WHAT’S COMING UP:
The D-backs return to Salt River Fields on Tuesday to take on the Angels.
Trevor Cahill will make his second start of the spring and he will be followed to the mound by lefty Tyler Skaggs. The D-backs will see a familiar face on the mound as Dan Haren is scheduled to start for the Angels.
That’s all for today.
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