Notes: Young earning his spot

Notes: Young determined to earn his spot

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Everyone, it seems, knows Chris Young will be the D-backs' Opening Day center fielder, except for Young himself that is.

"I don't know anything," Young said after a recent workout. "I'm just here to work hard and try to make the team. I'm not going to change and get a big head or anything. I'm just going to come out here and keep doing what I've been doing and not think about anything else."

Young was the centerpiece of the trade last offseason that sent Javier Vazquez to the White Sox. After putting up good numbers at Triple-A Tucson, Young was called up to the big leagues in August and in limited playing time showed why he is regarded as a five-tool player.

It was a showing that prompted the D-backs to shift Eric Byrnes to left field and give Young the starting job.

Just don't try telling him that just yet.

Getting his work in: Doug Davis threw his first bullpen session of the spring two days after missing one due to a tight back.

"It went good," Davis said. "A little stiffness and that's it."

Davis said he likely would throw another bullpen session on Wednesday.

"At least we got him back on the mound, got his bullpen out of the way and he threw the ball well," D-backs manager Bob Melvin said. "We told him early on, this is the time to get things out of the way. [We] want to make sure you give yourself the best opportunity."

Coming soon to a mound near you: Randy Johnson once again played catch on Monday and he is moving closer to throwing his first bullpen session, though Melvin is still keeping the exact day under wraps. He did hint that it would be sometime with in next nine days.

When asked if it would be any day now Melvin said, "Well it depends on [what you mean] when you say any day."

Sleepless nights: First-year hitting coach Kevin Seitzer will probably sleep very well Thursday night because he certainly hasn't gotten much lately.

"I'm so excited," he said, "I keep going over and over in my head what I'm going to say to the hitters the first time I get them all together. It's going to be great to get them all here. I'm ready to go."

The first full-squad workout is Thursday, and until then Seitzer will continue to work with the pitchers on their bunting and help the catchers during their batting practices.

Running start: The D-backs' full-squad workouts will likely last longer than in other years as the club plans to increase its emphasis on fundamentals and baserunning.

"Baserunning is going to be a focal point for us," Melvin said. "Not necessarily the basestealing portion of it, but we're going to be aggressive on the bases. Push first and third, push moving up, something that we're going to be very,very adamant about is how we run the bases."

Bench coach Kirk Gibson will lead the charge in that regard.

"My experiences playing with Gibby, he was probably the best baserunner I've ever been around," Melvin said. "His knowledge of it goes way beyond anybody I've been around. We're going to let him go with the guys on the bases."

You've been warned: Don't expect Livan Hernandez to post impressive numbers this spring.

The veteran right-hander said he doesn't have a history of performing very well.

"I don't like Spring Training," he said with a smile. "I think I've only had one good Spring Training."

Scherzer update: The D-backs are still talking with last year's top draft pick Max Scherzer and have until June 1 to sign him or lose his rights and gain a sandwich pick.

"We'll just keep negotiating," GM Josh Byrnes said. "We have a few months left, but at the same time, here we are in Spring Training so the larger goal is getting him to the big leagues so these are valuable days for him."

Byrnes said that he and some of the front office will visit face-to-face with Scherzer at the offices of his agent Scott Boras sometime "hopefully, within the next two weeks."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.