Player News - Diamondbacks

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Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-3 with a double in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Angels.

Goldy's double off Tyler Skaggs was his first two-bagger of the spring. You can expect plenty more come the regular season, as the top-tier fantasy bat is coming off a 2016 season in which he hit .299/.398/.525 with 24 home runs, 95 RBI and 32 steals over the course of 579 at-bats.
Mar 25 - 7:23 PM

Taijuan Walker was none too impressive in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Angels, yielding six runs (three earned) on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Four of the six runs on Walker's line scored on a pair of home runs, with Albert Pujols and Carlos Perez taking him deep for two-run shots in the first and fourth innings, respectively. Adventurous fantasy players might want to take a late flier on Walker, but injuries and inconsistency led to a 4.22 ERA across 134 1/3 innings with the Mariners a year ago. We do like the upside here, assuming Walker does not suffer a recurrence of the foot injury which plagued him through the 2016 campaign.
Mar 25 - 7:15 PM

Yasmany Tomas (oblique) is playing in a minor league game on Saturday.

He's expected to get at least four at-bats. Tomas should be back with the Diamondbacks in a few days if he makes it out of Saturday's game in one piece. Manager Torey Lovullo has already said he expects Tomas to be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 25 - 5:08 PM

Jake Barrett (shoulder) won't be ready for Opening Day.

However, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said he's making good progress as he works his way back from a shoulder injury. The 25-year-old enjoyed a brief stint as the team's closer in 2016 but is expected to occupy a setup role this year.
Mar 25 - 4:52 PM

Gregor Blanco indicated that his right side is feeling much improved on Saturday.

He was removed from Thursday's game due to tightness in his side. The 33-year-old has struggled in Cactus League play, hitting just .225 with one stolen base in 40 at-bats. He needs all of the time possible to earn a reserve spot on the club's Opening Day roster.
Mar 25 - 12:00 PM

Diamondbacks optioned RHP Zack Godley to Triple-A Reno.

The right-hander was competing for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen but struggled to the tune of a 5.87 ERA, 1.96 WHIP and 8/2 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings during Cactus League play. He'll presumably be stretched back out as a starter at Triple-A where he'll function as rotation depth.
Mar 25 - 11:37 AM

Diamondbacks released RHP Kevin Jepsen.

Jepsen was on the outside looking in at a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, so he'll have a week to try to land on his feet elsewhere. The veteran right-hander sported a troublesome 12.27 ERA, 2.45 WHIP and .400 batting average against in 3 2/3 innings during Cactus League play.
Mar 25 - 11:27 AM

Reymond Fuentes went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in Friday’s loss to the Dodgers.

Fuentes, a non-roster invitee, got the Diamondbacks on the board with an RBI single in the second inning before adding a solo shot off Trevor Oaks in the fourth. The 26-year-old had a couple of stints with the Royals last season, but spent the majority of the year in Triple-A while batting .254/.325/.317 with zero homers and 17 steals over 65 games. Even if he finds himself on Arizona’s bench at some point, there’s not much fantasy appeal here.
Mar 24 - 8:55 PM

A.J. Pollock (groin) went 0-for-2 with a walk in his return to Cactus League action on Friday.

Pollock played four innings in the field and didn't report any discomfort with his groin afterwards. Provided he can avoid any setbacks next week, he should be in the club's Opening Day lineup.
Mar 24 - 6:33 PM

Archie Bradley will begin the season as a long reliever.

Bradley has pitched well of late this spring but wasn't going to make the rotation. However, he'll at least get to be part of the big league club even if it's basically in a mop-up role. Zack Greinke, Patrick Corbin, Taijuan Walker, Robbie Ray and Shelby Miller will form the Diamondbacks' rotation.
Mar 24 - 3:47 PM

Diamondbacks re-assigned OF Oswaldo Arcia, RHP Erik Davis, LHP Brian Matusz and C Josh Thole to minor league camp.

There are some notable names among these cuts, but none of them come as a surprise. Arcia has bounced around to multiple organizations after falling out of favor with the Twins.
Mar 24 - 1:00 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks "appear to be at least considering" using Archie Bradley as a reliever.

There's simply not room for him in the rotation. Bradley got off to a poor start this spring but has been terrific the last three times out, which includes five shutout innings with just one hit allowed in a minor league game Wednesday. "With the way I’m throwing the baseball right now, the way I feel, the way the ball is coming out, I’m comfortable in any role, in any capacity," Bradley said. "Just put me on this team."
Mar 24 - 9:02 AM

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


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