D-backs rookies show their spirit — literally

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Diamondbacks rookies put on quite a spirited performance for teammates Saturday morning — with an assist from some local high schoolers.

In an initiation routine orchestrated by veteran closer J.J. Putz, the rookies — Nick Ahmed, Chris Owings, David Holmberg, Zeke Spruill, Chase Anderson, Tuffy Gosewisch, Ed Easley and Matt Davidson along with first-year assistant trainer Ryan DiPanfilo — showed off a pair of cheerleading routines learned Thursday at Chaparral High School, about 10 minutes from Salt River Fields.

The Chaparral cheerleading squad taught the rookies the routines for almost two hours Thursday, and the group performed in front of clearly amused teammates before stretching for workouts on a chilly, rainy Saturday morning.

Reliever Josh Collmenter last weekend led another group of rookies in full costume to the Arizona Renaissance Festival, where they participated in a handful of activities and contests.