Although the coveted pitcher/catcher official reporting day for the Arizona Diamondbacks isn’t until February 19th, several pitchers from the big league staff and 40-man roster are throwing their first bullpens of the new year this week.
2011 16-game winner Daniel Hudson, a heavy Twitter user, informed the general public of his first pen this morning saying, @DHuddy41: “#SaltRiver for a good workout and first bullpen of the year! Then getting some practice in for the #PatriotProAm tomorrow! #gripNrip” (sic).
The Patriot Pro-Am Hudson is referring to is a part of the Waste Management Phoenix Open’s week of festivities, taking place at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale tomorrow. Along with Hudson, Ryan Roberts, Justin Upton, and Matt Williams will also represent the Diamondbacks in the tournament.
@BarryEnright54: “Morning Fam. Off to another workout w/@coleman30 & throwing to follow. First bullpen yesterday went great #Excited” (sic).
On a somewhat related note, Hudson, who has been trying to grow his following base on Twitter, will be giving away an array of stuff if he gets 10,000 followers on the site before the start of Spring Training:
@DHuddy41: “don’t forget if I get to 10k followers by the time I report on february 20th I’ll give away some gear! Only if I get there by then!”
@DHuddy41: “For those wondering I have some cards, pictures, balls, and I might throw in a jersey and a glove! #whoknows” (sic).
Key Diamondbacks Spring Training Dates:
February 19th, 2012: Pitchers & Catchers Report
February 20th, 2012: First Workout
February 24th, 2012: Position Players Report
February 25th, 2012: First Full Workout