• It's no secret the D-backs experienced their fair share of issues on the basepaths last season, as well as this spring. Predictably, the club has worked to fix that issue during camp, but manager Kirk Gibson said it's up to the players to decide how much better they want to get.
"It's up to them if they want to focus on that and make us a better team," he said. "We've worked on a lot of things and they really only help a few inches or maybe a foot if you're really good at it, but we've seen plenty of plays where it's been that close."
• Like many of the other new players on the roster this year, reliever Tony Sipp and the Arizona coaching staff are still adjusting to each other during camp.
"We're just trying to learn him, watch how he pitches," Gibson said. "You can tell he's open-minded, he wants to get better. By the time we get to the end of Spring Training, hopefully we'll have a good idea of each other."
Sipp has tossed two scoreless innings this spring, allowing three hits and striking out two in the process.