Third baseman Josh Bell was out for some early work with infield coach Matt Williams on Friday. Williams won four Gold Gloves during his 17-year playing career.
"Footwork is everything," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said when asked what Bell was working on. "Just trying to clean some things up. He's a big guy, so footwork is essential. Just trying to teach little angles, how to approach the ball, how to set yourself up for the throw a little better."
Gibson said the fact that the D-backs trail the Dodgers by 10 1/2 games in the National League West should not be a focus right now.
"You can't let it affect the way you play," Gibson said. "Look what the Cardinals did last year. They came from way back, way late, so it is possible. And there is another way to get to the playoffs this year [via the extra Wild Card]."
Second baseman Aaron Hill was out of the lineup on Friday. Gibson said Hill has been bothered by a nagging knee injury.
"I thought I would just give him an extra day," Gibson said. "I know he's not too happy about it."