Zack Greinke gave up three runs over five innings as the Diamondbacks and Cubs played to a 5-5 tie on Thursday.
He surrendered six hits and two walks while striking out four. He suffered the indignity of allowing a home run to the opposing pitcher, Jake Arrieta. This was just his second official start in Cactus League action. He has also pitched in intra-squad games and in exhibition games against Team Netherlands and Team Mexico. He raised some eyebrows early in camp by showing reduced velocity, but that has since improved enough to alleviate any worries. Greinke's first campaign after signing a $206.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks was a big disappointment. He finished the season with a 4.37 ERA in 26 starts after turning in a 1.66 ERA in 32 starts with the Dodgers the year prior.
Gregor Blanco was scratched from Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs after experiencing tightness in his right side.
He'll be reevaluated on Friday. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is calling him day-to-day. The 33-year-old has had a quiet spring, hitting just .225 with two RBI and one steal over 40 Cactus League at-bats. This injury obviously won't help Blanco's chances of making the Opening Day roster.
Yasmany Tomas (oblique) hit in the batting cage on Thursday.
He hasn't played in a Cactus League game since injuring his left oblique on March 6. Tomas is expected to ramp up his activity on Friday. "I feel very comfortable in saying that if he has another good day on [Friday] that he's going to be ready for Opening Day," said manager Torey Lovullo. Tomas led the Diamondbacks with 31 homers last year and remains a solid option in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs in a win over the Angels on Thursday.
He had an RBI single in the seventh inning and an RBI double in the eighth. He is now the owner of a .298 batting average with two home runs in 57 Cactus League at-bats. He made an 11-game cameo in the majors last year and slugged .371/.389/.800 with four homers and 14 RBI in just 36 plate appearances. The 25-year-old's strong spring has solidified his job as the Padres' starting right fielder on Opening Day.
Ricky Nolasco turned in a solid outing against the Padres on Thursday, yielding two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.
He walked one and fanned four, bringing his ERA to 3.52 in 15 1/3 innings. He began last season with the Twins and ended it with the Angels, notching a combined 8-14 record with a 4.42 ERA in 197 2/3 frames. He is solidly entrenched in the starting rotation and makes a serviceable back-end fantasy starter in mixed leagues.
Ryan Schimpf went 1-for-2 with a walk and hit his first home run of the spring on Thursday against the Angels.
It has been a rough camp for Schimpf. He has battled an oblique injury that has limited him to just 16 at-bats so far, and only three of those have resulted in base hits. The 28-year-old finally reached the majors last season for the first time and hit the ground running. He was called up mid-season and promptly whacked 20 home runs in 89 games. On the flip side he registered a lowly .217 batting average. He figures to be the Padres' primary second baseman this season.
Ben Zobrist said his neck was feeling better on Thursday.
Zobrist missed his second game in a row on Thursday but is targeting Saturday for his return. There was never much doubt about his availability for Opening Day. The reigning World Series MVP has hit .200 over 30 Cactus League at-bats this spring.
Luis Perdomo started versus the Angels on Thursday, allowing two runs on five hits over five innings in a 6-2 Padres victory.
The 23-year-old now brandishes a cool 2.87 ERA with nine strikeouts in 15 2/3 spring innings. As a rookie last season he turned in 20 starts and 15 relief appearances. He had a rough 5.71 ERA in 146 2/3 innings but seemed to be learning on the job. He struggled with a 7.48 ERA in the first half of the season and a much better 4.30 ERA after the All Star break. He will likely begin the year in the Padres' starting rotation.