D-backs breaking big news

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Our new WordPress system makes it possible for me to blog via my BlackBerry so I’m taking a first stab at it.

The D-backs have made two moves the past few days that could’ve been announced three weeks ago — Russell Branyan to the 40-man roster and Joe Saunders in the starting rotation. Branyan will undoubtedly get a long look at first base and Saunders, who missed a start because of the flu, is third in the rotation behind Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson.

Saunders is owed $5.5 million this year and despite manger Kirk Gibson saying he was fighting for a starting slot, Saunders was always going to be in the roto if healthy. Branyan, a veteran who is all bat and little glove, has been the best hitting corner infielder in camp all spring. A few weeks ago, GM Kevin Towers was asked about Branyan’s situation. He told this writer to make his own assessment. That assessment back then? On the team. Branyan is this spring’s Aubry Huff, who looked like a stiff in the field during March 2010. We all know how well that worked out for the World Series-winning Giants.

With six days to go until Friday’s opener at Colorado, Gibson and Towers are still toying with the final two spots in the rotation. Barry Enright has one of them. But when Gibson was asked which one he said he didn’t know. Never too late to guess.

Armando Galarraga and Aaron Heilman are fighting for the other slot with Zach Duke recovering from a broken hand. When asked how Duke is progressing Gibson said the damaged appendage was starting again “to look like a hand.” As opposed to a fig?

My guess is that these guys have neither heard of the Lindbergh baby or Gray’s Anatomy, the medical textbook, not the TV series! In these cases, confirmation of old news is better than no news.

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