D-backs' Minor Leaguers eager to get going

D-backs' Minor Leaguers eager to get going

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs invited 38 players to report to Minor League camp early, and another 10 players rehabilitating from injury also were asked to come.

Each year other players show up early on their own -- and on their own dime -- so farm director Mike Bell figured on there being some extras once again.

"We thought it might be big," Bell said. "But typically we get about 60 here, so we thought maybe 70, 75, but things just kind of blew up."

In all, 87 players showed up.

"We had to get a couple more staff members here," Bell said.

Tuesday was the last day of workouts for the Minor Leaguers. They will have the next two days off while the Minor League staff goes through its annual meetings. Physicals for pitchers and catchers will be held Thursday and they will go through their first official workout Friday.

"Spring Training is so short I think it really gives them a head start," Bell said of the early arrivers. "I think it's well worth the money."

Position players will report and take physicals Sunday with the first full-camp workout taking place Monday.