D-backs nearing beginning of Cactus League schedule

Peralta back in camp, Greinke throwing another bullpen session

D-backs nearing beginning of Cactus League schedule

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After Wednesday's exhibition game against Grand Canyon University, the D-backs will have two days before opening the Cactus League schedule against the Rockies on Saturday.

"Then we've got two more work days, two more fundamental work days, where we're going to do as much as we can before it starts to really pick up speed and the games start," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.

Worth noting

• Outfielder David Peralta missed Monday and Tuesday's workouts while working on his citizenship in Florida.

Peralta is expected back in camp Wednesday.

• Ace Zack Greinke is scheduled to throw one more bullpen session, and after that, Lovullo will have more of a definitive schedule for when he might get in games.

"Everything that he's been telling me is very positive and very typical of Spring Training for him," Lovullo said.

Greinke throwing at own pace

• Left-handed reliever Steve Hathaway has been battling bursitis in his shoulder, according to Lovullo. Hathaway is on a throwing program, but a date for his first bullpen session has not been set yet.

• The D-backs worked on pickoffs and rundowns Tuesday, with players from Minor League camp brought over to serve as runners.

Players went through individual defensive work, and pitchers also spent time practicing holding runners.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.