Trevor Hoffman had a unique approach to spring training during his 16 seasons with the San Diego Padres. "He didn't do anything," said Phil Nevin, Hoffman's teammate from 1999 to 2005. "He didn't even have a pair of gray (uniform) pants in his locker." Hoffman wound up his brilliant major-league career with 601 saves, so he clearly got by despite taking most of March off. It's why Nevin, now the manager for the Diamondbacks' Triple-A franchise in Reno, is convinced closer Addison Reed will be ready for the season even though he didn't make his first Cactus League appearance until Tuesday. Reed, who threw one shutout inning against the Chicago Cubs in a "B" game, had been sidelined with shoulder inflammation. "I think he's right on track," Nevin said. "As a veteran guy, he knows exactly where he has to be." Reed is certain he'll be available when Arizona opens its season April 6 against the San Francisco Giants. "Every bullpen I've thrown, the live batting practice session, everything has felt normal," he said. "If I get four to five more outings there's no doubt in my mind I'll be ready." The Diamondbacks were encouraged by Reed's one-inning stint against Chicago. He threw 13 pitches, nine for strikes, his fastball sat in the 88-89 mph range and he threw a couple of sharp sliders after hitting Chicago's Mike Baxter in the foot with the first slider he threw. "He looked solid," catcher Tuffy Gosewisch said. "For the first time out you're looking for him to throw strikes and make sure his arm feels good. Both of those things happened."
Diamondbacks' Addison Reed healthy, ready to resume role as closer
Arizona Republic | Mar 26