2/20/2013 4:50 P.M. ET
D-backs take camp to paintball arena for a day
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs spent Tuesday afternoon taking shots at their coaching staff, manager and front office.
In a team-building outing, D-backs players and staff participated in a paintball war that saw the players beat management/staff in three of the four games they played. One ended in a draw.
"We absolutely dominated the coaches," pitcher Wade Miley said with a smile on his face. "They were really wimpy, they stayed in the back, they never showed any aggressiveness coming and getting guys. Just terrible tactics, and we just walked all over them. They didn't have a chance. They were cheating a little bit and they still didn't have a chance."
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, who hatched the paintball idea along with closer J.J. Putz, took the brunt of the abuse.
"He got shot in the mouth, between the eyes, in his fingers," Miley said. "[Willie] Bloomquist pretty much dominated Gibby the whole day."
Regardless of who won, Gibson said the day was a success.
"It was exceptional," Gibson said. "It was great. It's pretty taxing. First of all, you're trying to survive mentally. Then the physical part comes in. But they had a good time."
Bloomquist understands Father Time catching up
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Willie Bloomquist does not like giving in.
The D-backs shortstop is as hard-nosed a competitor as you'll ever find, but after battling some injury issues the last few years, he has made some concessions to Father Time.
In other words, the 35-year-old no longer avoids the trainer's room like the plague. While always a workout fiend, Bloomquist grew up in an era during which players went to the weight room, but not the trainer's room unless absolutely necessary.
"The harsh reality is I have to do a little bit more physically every day to be where I need to be," Bloomquist said. "It is what it is. Some people can get away with not doing a lot. I'm not one of those guys. I have to continue to stay on top of it, otherwise it's going to be a long year if I don't."
The D-backs have asked Bloomquist to throttle back a little bit on his all-out style of play to preserve his body for the long run.
"That's something I haven't always been able to do," Bloomquist said. "I've always thought more was better, but sometimes less is more. It's just part of getting older and understanding what your body can and cannot do."
• Tyler Skaggs will start the D-backs' Cactus League opener on Saturday against the Rockies. Patrick Corbin and Randall Delgado, the other two pitchers battling for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, will start the next two days.
Josh Collmenter, who figures to be the long man out of the bullpen, will start one of the team's split-squad games Tuesday. Brandon McCarthy will start Feb. 27, Ian Kennedy on Feb. 28, Trevor Cahill on March 1 and Miley March 2.
• Rain kept the D-backs off the field Wednesday. Hitters still got some swings in the covered batting cages while pitchers got in their bullpen sessions there as well.
Provided the weather improves Thursday, the team will have a situational simulated game. Rather than a traditional intrasquad game, Gibson wants to focus more on handling situations.
• Third baseman Martin Prado said his left hand was feeling much better Wednesday. Prado was hit by a pitch Monday during live batting practice.