Player News - Diamondbacks

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Zack Greinke threw 20 pitches in his first live batting practice session of the spring on Friday.

With a longer spring training than usual due to the World Baseball Classic, the veteran right-hander is slowly easing into things this year. The 33-year-old dealt with oblique and shoulder problems during a very disappointing debut season with the D'Backs in 2016.
Feb 24 - 10:39 PM

Brandon Drury lost more than 10 pounds while also adding muscle over the offseason as he looked to become more agile.

The D'Backs asked Drury to improve his agility and lateral movements during the offseason as they looked to see whether he could be their regular at second base after shifting all over the field in 2016. The club has been impressed with how he's looked thus far. "We've simplified it for him," manager Torey Lovullo said. "He's not bouncing all over the place. We told him that [second base] is where he needs to focus. I think it's helped him this offseason prepare for this moment. He's looked very good. He's very agile, good angles to the ball, playing through the ball, all the common phrases that you like to hear from an infield standpoint. I've been very impressed with his quickness in turning two. I see a guy that's really agile right now." Drury slugged 16 homers in 499 plate appearances last season and carries intrigue in fantasy leagues as a potential regular in 2017.
Feb 24 - 1:18 PM

Jake Barrett lost 30 pounds over the offseason.

"I was at my all-time high at the end of the season, about 265 (pounds)," Barrett said. "And I talked to our strength coach and he said he wanted me down to 235-ish. I was able to get down all the way to there. It was a lot of working out, a lot of running, a healthy diet." Barrett is coming off a nice rookie season that saw him post a 3.49 ERA and 56/28 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings. He also saved games and is probably the favorite for the closer job if Fernando Rodney fails, which is certainly a possibility.
Feb 24 - 8:30 AM

Zack Greinke will throw his first live batting practice session of the spring this weekend.

Greinke is slow-playing his spring training work by design because camp runs a bit longer this year due to the World Baseball Classic. The 33-year-old right-hander posted a disappointing 4.37 ERA in 26 starts last season for the Diamondbacks after signing a massive six-year, $206.5 million free agent contract.
Feb 23 - 3:02 PM

Dawel Lugo homered Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' spring training win over Grand Canyon University.

He opened the fourth inning with a line drive homer to left field. Lugo also scored on a double by Oswaldo Arcia after pinch-running for Jake Lamb in the first. The 22-year-old was a beast in the minors last year, hitting .311 with 17 homers and 62 RBI between High-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile. Lugo is inching closer to the big leagues. Maybe we'll even see him as a September call-up later this year.
Feb 22 - 5:48 PM

Jack Reinheimer plated a pair of runs Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' spring training win over Grand Canyon University.

Reinheimer only logged one at-bat in the Diamondbacks’ opener but made the most of it by ripping a two-run single to right field in the fifth inning. The 24-year-old will likely begin the year in Triple-A but he could make a big league cameo at some point in 2017. Reinheimer didn’t hit for much power last season (two homers in 500 at-bats) but made up for it by hitting .288 with 20 steals for Triple-A Reno.
Feb 22 - 5:39 PM

Jack Reinheimer plated a pair of runs Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' spring training win over Grand Canyon University.

Reinheimer only logged one at-bat in the Diamondbacks’ opener but made the most of it by ripping a two-run single to right field in the fifth inning. The 24-year-old will likely begin the year in Triple-A but he could make a big league cameo at some point in 2017. Reinheimer didn’t hit for much power last season (two homers in 500 at-bats) but made up for it by hitting .288 with 20 steals for Triple-A Reno.
Feb 22 - 5:39 PM

Anthony Banda picked up the win in his spring training debut Wednesday versus Grand Canyon University, yielding one walk in a scoreless inning of work.

Banda drew the start and navigated his way through a relatively uneventful first inning. 11 of his 19 pitches went for strikes and all three of his outs came on ground balls. The 23-year-old held his own at Triple-A last season, logging a respectable 3.67 ERA over 13 starts for Reno. He’s a long shot to make the D-backs' Opening Day roster but should debut in the big leagues at some point in 2017.
Feb 22 - 5:37 PM

Oswaldo Arcia supplied two hits Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' spring training win over Grand Canyon University.

Arcia plated a run with a first-inning double before clubbing a two-run homer in the fourth. It was a fine debut but Arcia will need to stay hot if he wants to make the Opening Day roster. The 25-year-old was a bit of a journeyman last year, appearing in games for four different clubs. The Diamondbacks have a full outfield at the moment, so the best Arcia could hope for is to make the team as a left-handed bench bat.
Feb 22 - 5:33 PM

Jake Lamb drove in a run Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' spring training win over Grand Canyon University.

Lamb doubled home a run in his only at-bat of the game. Dawel Lugo pinch-ran for him with one out in the first inning. Doubling against an obscure college in February doesn’t mean much, but Lamb should be in for another big season after breaking out for a career-high 29 homers in 2016. The 26-year-old boasts impressive power but will have to cut down on his strikeouts after whiffing 154 times in 523 at-bats last year.
Feb 22 - 5:30 PM

Steve Hathaway is dealing with bursitis in his left shoulder.

It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Hathaway, 26, put up a 4.91 ERA and 15/6 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings during his first exposure to the majors last season.
Feb 21 - 2:54 PM

Diamondbacks signed LHP Jorge De La Rosa to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic says that De La Rosa will make $2.25 million if in the majors and will compete for a spot in the D'Backs Opening Day bullpen. Just 12 of the left-hander's 235 appearances since 2007 have come as a reliever, but it's probably De La Rosa's best role at this point. The southpaw put up a 5.51 ERA across 134 innings for the Rockies last season and will turn 36 in April.
Feb 19 - 12:05 PM

David Peralta said Saturday that his surgically-repaired right wrist feels "great."

It was a long rehab for Peralta after he had surgery last August to have a ligament in his wrist tied back into place. He was given a recovery timetable of six months and didn't begin swinging a bat until January 8. Peralta admitted to being nervous last week when he hit off a tee in front of coaches for the first time since the operation, but he came out of it fine. Players sometimes don't get the full strength back in their wrist right away when they've had surgery, and that's a concern for Peralta's fantasy prospects going into 2017. However, for now he appears to be doing well.
Feb 19 - 8:48 AM

The Diamondbacks are expected to go with three catchers on their Opening Day roster.

The Diamondbacks will use a trio to replace Wellington Castillo, who bolted to Baltimore in free agency. Chris Herrmann, Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis will all see action behind the plate this year, though manager Torey Lovullo has yet to determine how the playing time will be distributed. "It's hard for me to predict," said Lovullo. "We'll kind of define that as things unfold." In addition to his catching responsibilities, Herrmann could also see time in the outfield and at both corner infield positions.
Feb 18 - 9:14 PM

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Hank Conger suffered a strained right oblique and is expected to be out "awhile".

Conger is one of a slew of veteran catchers that the Diamondbacks' brought in over the winter to compete for their catching spots. Given the fact that he's likely to miss a large portion of spring training, his chances of winning one of those highly-coveted spots are minimal.
Feb 18 - 1:47 PM


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