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Diamondbacks' Robby Scott: Hunting roster spot
Scott allowed a walk and two hits in a scoreless third of an inning Saturday against San Francisco.
Scott is seeking one of the final spots in the bullpen and has put forth worthy numbers. He has a 3.38 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with seven strikeouts over eight innings.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray: Punches out eleven
Ray allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 11 over 5.1 innings Saturday against the Giants.
Ray has been a strikeout machine this spring, fanning 32 over 16.1 innings. The Diamondbacks are hoping they get the 2017 version of Ray, who struggled with an oblique injury and inconsistency in 2018. "This year, he's a different guy," manager Torey Lovullo told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. "His stuff is really standing out, it's coming out hot and I know he worked hard to make that happen. So we're looking for him to have a big year." The Diamondbacks are pleased with the increase in Ray's fastball velocity, which is back to where it was in 2017. The left-hander is expected to start the second game of the season, March 29, against the Dodgers.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano: In closer mix
Hirano is being considered for the closer role along with Archie Bradley and Greg Holland, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
It was widely assumed that Bradley and Holland were the candidates, but Hirano has been added to mix. Manager Torey Lovullo said he and general manager Mike Hazen started discussion on the team's closer, and a decision is expected in the next few days.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' T.J. McFarland: Will throw off mound
McFarland (shoulder) will throw off a mound Saturday for the first time since he was shut down three weeks ago, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
McFarland is expected to start the season on the injured list.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Adam Jones: Getting comfortable
Jones went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in Friday's game against the Dodgers.
After going 0-for-6 in his first two Cactus League games, Jones is getting comfortable in the batter's box. He led off the game with a home run off Dodgers starter Dennis Santana, then later hit a two-run double. He also knocked in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Matt Koch: Likely part of bullpen
Koch gave up two runs on five hits while striking out six over five-plus innings Friday against the Dodgers.
Koch, who made 14 starts and five relief appearances in 2018, is widely expected to be part of the Diamondbacks' bullpen, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. The right-hander has posted a 3.18 ERA over 17 Cactus League innings. "I've been extremely impressed by what he's done," manager Torey Lovullo said. "You walk into camp and know you're competing, you're told you have to earn the spot, and when you do things like this it really stands out." Koch is out of options, so the Diamondbacks risk losing him if they want to send him down.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Matt Szczur: Sent to minors
Szczur was reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.
Szczur signed a minor-league deal with Arizona in December but did little to earn a roster spot this spring with a .205/.222/.295 slash line in 44 at-bats. The 29-year-old saw 84 plate appearances with the Padres last season and posted a lackluster .532 OPS with 24 strikeouts.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Caleb Joseph: Optioned to Triple-A
Joseph was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Friday.
Joseph had been in the conversation for a backup catcher spot, but he has options remaining, so he'll lose out for now. John Ryan Murphy will be the Diamondbacks' third catcher should the team elect to keep three backstops, as they've preferred to do recently.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Adam Jones: Starts in right field
Jones played his second spring game Thursday and went 0-for-3 while batting third in the order against the Angels.
Jones made his spring debut Tuesday and was back in the lineup after an off-day Wednesday. He's played both center and right field thus far, and manager Torey Lovullo plans to get him into a game in left field before the end of spring training, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Returns to lineup
Lamb (back) returned to the lineup Thursday and went 1-for-2 with a walk against the Angels.
Lamb had missed time this week after experiencing back tightness last Sunday. He is expected to be the Diamondbacks' starting first baseman come Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Another strong outing
Kelly allowed one run on three hits and one walk while striking out three over five innings Thursday against the Angels.
Kelly got his pitch count up to 71 in what was his third straight strong outing after a pair of disastrous ones to kick off the Cactus League. Spring-training results are not terribly important, but there's some value to be gleaned from outings in the final week of camp. That Kelly was effective against the Angels' best lineup is encouraging.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Will be full-timer
Manager Torey Lovullo confirmed Lamb (back) will be the everyday first baseman, starting against both right-handers and left-handers, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
Lovullo added that he's open to adjustments as the season progresses, so Lamb isn't assured of a full-time role all season. He struggled against left-handers last year and has played just 29 innings at first base at the professional level. The 28-year-old Lamb is expected to return from his back injury Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Luke Weaver: Scratched Wednesday
Weaver was scratched from Wednesday's start because he was not feeling well, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
It took an illness to slow down Weaver, who's posted a 1.59 ERA over 11.1 spring innings. Taylor Widener filled in for Weaver and threw three perfect innings.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Yoan Lopez: Bidding for roster spot
Lopez allowed a run on two hits while striking out one over 1.1 innings Wednesday against the White Sox.
Lopez, 26, made his major-league debut in 2018 when he was a September callup. He's known for his fastball, which he threw two-thirds of the time during his 10-game cameo last year. "I think that he is getting information that will help him become an elite pitcher on this staff," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo told Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic . "Look, major-league hitters can get wood on a bullet; you can't throw it hard enough for some guys. There's some secondary stuff that I felt like he needed to clean up ... and it's coming along." As such, Lopez has focused on his slider and adding a splitter in an effort to earn an Opening Day bullpen slot.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker: Throws in bullpen
Walker (elbow) had a 20-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
The throwing session was Walker's first since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in April of 2018. "Obviously, it's been a long, grinding process, and these are when you start to see some really good moments for these guys, a smile on their faces. I think it was a good day for Taijuan," said manager Torey Lovullo. Walker will slowly ramp up over the next few months and could be an option for the Diamondbacks after the All-Star break.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Adam Jones: Makes Cactus League debut
Jones played five innings in center field and went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's game against the Padres, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Jones made his Diamondbacks debut after playing several back-field contests with minor leaguers since late last week. He batted leadoff Tuesday, but that was only to get him as many plate appearances as possible. After an off day Wednesday, Jones is expected to resume play Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Will take BP on Wednesday
Lamb (back) will get on the field Wednesday and take batting practice, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
Lamb appears to have escaped a serious injury after being pulled from Sunday's game. The Diamondbacks will get a look at him swinging a bat before determining next steps.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke: Will open Arizona's season
Greinke was named the Diamondbacks' Opening Day starter versus the Dodgers.
The announcement comes as little surprise as Greinke receives the team's Opening Day nod for the third time in four years. The 35-year-old had a subpar 4.37 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 7.6 K/9 during his first year in Arizona in 2016, but has since posted a 3.20 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 across the past two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Not in lineup
Lamb (back) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres.
Lamb is still nursing a tight back and will miss a second straight game as a result. In his absence, Wilmer Flores will start at first base, with Ketel Marte manning second and Adam Jones in center. There has been no indication that the issue will affect Lamb's status for the start of the season at this point, though it will be a situation to monitor with Opening Day drawing closer.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas: Shipped to minors camp
Tomas was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday.
Tomas put together a solid spring, hitting .448/.467/.621 with five doubles and a 4:5 BB:K through 15 games (29 at-bats), but he was never expected to break camp with the Diamondbacks. At this point, it seems likely that the 28-year-old will play out the remainder of his contract in the minors, where he spent all of the 2018 campaign.... See More ... See Less