Snake bites

Snake bites

• An errant pitch during Adam Russell's bullpen session hit a D-backs fan, who was watching from an elevated vantage point well behind the plate Monday.

Russell was in the middle of his windup when an errant throw from another pitcher crossed in front of his catcher. Russell, a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, tried to stop his delivery and the ball sailed and hit the fan in the shoulder.

The incident caught everyone off guard as the fan was standing about 20 feet above where the pitchers were throwing and three mounds down from Russell.

"I was just trying to cut it off and hold it and it just sailed on me," Russell said. "I'm sure he felt like he was safe 30 feet up and 30 feet over. I'm glad to see that he got up under his own power and is OK, but my sincerest apologies to that fan."

• D-backs pitchers will take a break from throwing bullpen sessions Tuesday in anticipation of the first full-squad workout Wednesday.

On Wednesday the pitchers will face the hitters in live batting practice sessions.

• Gibson said he is not at all concerned that first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be complacent after his MVP-type season in 2013.

"He's prepared and he's stayed extremely humble," Gibson said. "I don't think anything is going to go to anybody's head. As good as you think Goldy was, in his mind he thinks he could be so much better and he thinks his teammates could be so much better and we agree."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.