Notes: D-backs set for scrimmage
Righty Enrique Gonzalez will oppose left-hander Eveland
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Ready to watch real baseball, not stretching and batting practice?The Diamondbacks will tease fans Wednesday at noon with an intrasquad game at the practice facilities, then they open the Cactus League campaign Thursday against the Chicago White Sox in a 1:05 p.m. MT contest at Tucson Electric Park. Right-hander Enrique Gonzalez and lefty Dana Eveland will throw in the D-backs vs. D-backs game that should last 5 1/2 or six innings. Manager Bob Melvin has tabbed 16-game winner Brandon Webb to oppose the White Sox in the first of a 31-contest spring slate. The first five Spring Training games will be at Electric Park, with starters going two innings -- and maybe more.
As soon as coach Kirk Gibson witnessed the incident, he cracked, "I'm in trouble now."Big Unit tosses: Randy Johnson, still rehabbing from October back surgery, played catch Sunday out of sight from fans and media. The veteran threw 25 pitches from the mound Friday and is scheduled to return to the hill Monday. "I haven't heard anything, so I imagine it went well," Melvin said in mid-afternoon. "Once he starts PFPs [pitchers' fielding practice] he'll probably stretch with everybody else." No job secure: Melvin does not want outfielder Carlos Quentin and infielder Stephen Drew to think their roster spots are sealed for this season, even if they essentially are. Melvin says there's always a risk young players could get "big-league attitudes," and won't push hard. "Sometimes they read their press clippings and start digging it," said the manager. "They do have spots, but they still have to bust it every day and think that nothing is given them. They know they have to fight for a job." So what about outfielder Chris Young, who's been getting lots of notoriety lately? "His publicity is well-deserved, but Chris isn't that type of kid," said Melvin. "He wouldn't get out of control."
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.