Player News - Diamondbacks

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Jake Lamb went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer against the Cubs on Thursday.

He took Cubs ace Jake Arrieta deep in the first inning for his third longball of the spring. He carries a .378 batting average after 37 at-bats. He batted .249/.332/.509 with 29 home runs, 81 runs scored and 91 RBI in his breakout 2016 campaign. The 26-year-old will look to build on those stats as he enters the new year with an unchallenged grip on the third base job.
Mar 23 - 8:29 PM

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.
Mar 23 - 8:23 PM

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.
Mar 23 - 8:22 PM

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.
Mar 23 - 8:15 PM

A.J. Pollock (groin) is now aiming to return to Cactus League action on Friday.

Pollock had been scheduled to return Thursday, but the Diamondbacks' spring training facility got hit with some morning rain and manager Torey Lovullo said he didn't want to chance anything on wet grass. Pollock hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 12 because of tightness in his left groin, but the expectation is that he will be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 23 - 3:28 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Yankees and Rays are showing interest in Nick Ahmed.

The Padres have also previously shown interest in Ahmed. All three landing spots make sense, as the Yankees' (Didi Gregorius) and Rays' (Matt Duffy) starting shortstop will begin the season on the disabled list and the Padres have an open competition at the position. Ahmed is a career .221/.268/.329 hitter and had season-ending hip surgery last August, but he's a slick fielder and has looked healthy this spring.
Mar 21 - 10:24 PM

Fernando Rodney struck out two batters in a hitless sixth inning Tuesday versus the Royals.

Rodney had a decent enough showing for Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic and now he's back to building up strength in Diamondbacks camp. The veteran right-hander projects to open the 2017 season as Arizona's ninth-inning man after signing a one-year, $2.75 million free agent deal with the club in December.
Mar 21 - 6:57 PM

Robbie Ray held the Royals to two earned runs over five innings Tuesday in the Diamondbacks' 4-2 Cactus League victory.

Ray is now 3-0 on the spring, for whatever that's worth. He struck out six and issued only one walk, though former teammate Peter O'Brien popped him for a solo homer in the second and Jorge Soler added a solo shot of his own in the fifth. Ray carries a very high-risk, high-reward fantasy profile into the 2017 season after striking out 218 batters over just 174 2/3 innings in 2016. That big strikeout total came with a disappointing 8-15 record and a 4.90 ERA.
Mar 21 - 6:50 PM

Diamondbacks optioned RHP Evan Marshall to Triple-A Reno.

Marshall allowed two runs with a 3/1 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings this spring. He figures to find his way to Arizona's bullpen at some point down the line.
Mar 21 - 3:17 PM

A.J. Pollock (groin) went 1-for-3 at the plate in a minor league game on Monday.

Pollock didn't run the bases during the game but did so before the contest. It was his first game action in over a week due to left groin tightness. "I did bases before the game, and that felt really good," Pollock said. "I haven't really felt anything since [March 12], so that's a good sign." Pollock will go through a full minor league game Tuesday before resting Wednesday. If all goes well, he could return to Cactus League action Thursday. "We were really excited to get him back on the field," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "It's a good sign for us, so we're excited about it."
Mar 20 - 11:30 PM

Diamondbacks optioned RHP Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno; re-assigned RHP Keyvius Sampson and OF Jason Pridie to minor league camp.

Koch made some relief appearances and a couple starts last September for the D'Backs and fared well (2.00 ERA). The 26-year-old will open 2017 as part of Reno's rotation.
Mar 20 - 5:12 PM

Diamondbacks optioned RHP Braden Shipley to Triple-A Reno.

One of the team's top pitching prospects, Shipley made 11 starts for the D'Backs last season but didn't really have much of a chance to land a rotation spot to start 2017. He holds a 4.26 ERA over 6 1/3 innings this spring.
Mar 20 - 5:09 PM

Diamondbacks released C/OF Stryker Trahan.

Trahan was viewed as an offense-first catching prospect when he was taken 26th overall in the 2012 Draft, but he was eventually moved off catcher and hasn't hit nearly enough (.220/.296/.404) to be useful in the outfield. He'll turn just 23 next month, so he'll get another shot somewhere.
Mar 20 - 4:55 PM

Patrick Corbin allowed two runs over five innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Indians.

Corbin was cruising until the bottom of the fourth, when Edwin Encarnacion hit an RBI double and Yandy Diaz followed with an RBI single. The left-hander struck out three and did not issue a walk. He projects to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' fifth starter.
Mar 19 - 5:52 PM

A.J. Pollock's (groin) return to game action will be as a designated hitter in a minor league contest.

When that will happen isn't known yet, but it doesn't seem far off. "It’ll be within the next several days if everything checks out the way it’s supposed to," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. Pollock is a week removed from suffering a minor left groin strain. He's fully expected to be ready to go on Opening Day, but obviously it would ease the minds of fantasy owners if he can return to games soon and look 100 percent.
Mar 19 - 9:09 AM


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