Rain in the desert?

One of the benefits of moving Spring Training to Arizona from Florida was there would be no rain. Make that not as much rain.

There are showers today and with cooler temperaturs, so it’s the first less than stellar day since I got here. Of course, with this Goodyear facility much larger than the old one, there is enough space to get more work done indoors.

Aroldis Chapman is among those scheduled to throw another bullpen session today. It will just be inside instead of outside.Correction, the bullpens were outside but the mound and plate were covered.

When asked how Chapman was assimilating with the Latin players, manager Dusty Baker indicated he’s not getting involved in the process.

“I let them do their thing,” Baker said. “Guys will gravitate towards each other. Guys that have something in common. You have to let things evolve sometimes. I learned being the new kid in school a couple of times that you don’t want to automatically fall into groups. You want to intertwine with everybody until you find who you have the most in common with. That takes more than a couple of days.”

This morning as several Spanish speaking players gathered in the center of the clubhouse, like Johnny Cueto, Ramon Hernandez and Pedro Viola, Chapman was outside the circle and seated at is locker. But he was taking it all in and smiling. It won’t be long before he’s joining a group and getting more comfortable.

It’s obviously early but through the first two days, everyone has gotten through the workouts intact. No injuries to report.

“These guys came in shape. I love that,” Baker said. “I think they know what’s at stake, how much competition there are for these jobs and we’re pretty deep.

“There’s an increase in young depth and maturity. An organization doesn’t just get good in one area. You have to commend the scouts, the minor league system and everybody for signing a certain type of player and developing that player. Then you have to give the player credit for maturity as a player and personality. It’s up to us to try and put that together. In modern baseball, you have to put it together in a short period of time.”

One thing I didn’t mention yesterday was that Homer Bailey, Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo and Cueto had their bullpen sessions. All of them looked pretty good. Bailey was definitely bringing some velocity.

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