Strong spring has Cahill confident heading into season

Strong spring has Cahill confident heading into season
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It would have been hard for D-backs right-hander Trevor Cahill to have had a better final outing of the spring.

Cahill struck out 11 and allowed one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings against a lineup composed of Rangers Minor Leaguers.

"All their guys weren't here, so it was kind of a good day for him to just come out and relax," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.

Cahill finished the spring with a 1.86 ERA and is slated to start the second game of the season Tuesday against the Cardinals.

"I felt a lot better today than I have," Cahill said. "I was throwing my sinker for strikes and throwing to both sides of the plate, which I feel like is the first time I've done that consistently this spring. Just command of everything [today]. I feel like so far this spring it's been one or two pitches not all four, but I felt like I had all four today."

Cahill threw 88 pitches, 63 for strikes.

"Going a little bit longer, stretching it out a little bit," Cahill said of his longest outing of the spring. "Just hopefully my body bounces back for Tuesday."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.