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Brandon Drury will start at second base in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Rockies.

It's an interesting note, as Drury has mostly played second base in the minors. The 22-year-old batted .299/.362/.510 with 23 home runs and 95 RBI across 136 games between High-A and Double-A last season and is considered one of the Diamondbacks' top position prospects.
Mar 4 - 10:12 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Diamondbacks are shopping Aaron Hill, Cody Ross, and Trevor Cahill.

D'Backs general manager Dave Stewart has denied Heyman's source, for what that's worth. Hill was very good in 2012 and 2013, but he had a rough 2014 season and is owed a total of $24 million in 2015-2016. These aren't exactly blockbuster trade chips for the Diamondbacks, who are rebuilding under new chief baseball officer Tony La Russa.
Mar 2 - 12:48 PM

Addison Reed (shoulder) is 2-2 1/2 weeks away from throwing off a mound.

Reed has battled some shoulder soreness at the beginning of camp but says it's now completely gone. While the closer is a couple weeks behind his normal schedule, he remains on track to be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks. If he should experience a bump in the road and need a disabled list stint, Brad Ziegler would likely fill in at closer. Reed put up a 4.25 ERA and 69/15 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks last season.
Mar 1 - 2:39 PM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Chris Owings (shoulder) is progressing ahead of schedule.

Owings had been slated to miss the first 8-10 Cactus League games as he works his way back from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, but it sounds like he could be ready sooner than that. "I don't have an exact (return) date," Hale said, "but he's past where I thought he was." Owings has bounce-back potential as a fantasy option if he's able to stay healthy.
Mar 1 - 9:19 AM

Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Yasmany Tomas will see some playing time in the outfield during Cactus League play.

The D'Backs want Tomas to handle third base well enough to start there, but they'll give him reps in the outfield just in case. "We have to prioritize who gets all these at-bats in spring training," Hale said. "He's one we want to get a lot of at-bats to get a good (look) at his offense, too." Jake Lamb will be in line to start at third base if Arizona ends up having to put Tomas in left field.
Mar 1 - 9:16 AM

Jeremy Hellickson cut a pitching session short Saturday with a cramp in his right rib cage area.

"I feel fine. It's more of a cramp than anything. It was a precautionary thing to shut it down," Hellickson said. "It doesn't even hurt right now. We did a bunch of tests and nothing bothered it. We'll just treat it a little bit and I'll be fine tomorrow." It doesn't appear to be anything worrisome, but he'll be re-evaluated Sunday.
Feb 28 - 10:31 PM

Jake Lamb admitted Saturday that he plans to battle Yasmany Tomas for the Diamondbacks starting job at third base.

"It doesn't matter who it is, I'm going to give them a battle at third base" Lamb said Saturday. He also noted that he'll do whatever he can to help the team, even if Tomas secures the starting job. Lamb slashed .230/.263/.373 with four homers and 11 RBI in 37 games as a rookie in 2014.
Feb 28 - 11:01 AM

Diamondbacks signed LHP Erick Threets to a minor league contract.

Threets hasn't appeared in the majors since 2010, having spent most of the last four seasons in the Mexican League and independent ball. He turned 33 in November.
Feb 27 - 12:40 PM

Will Locante has drawn rave reviews so far in Diamondbacks camp.

Locante has seen his stock soar since he lowered his arm slot two years ago, as the left-hander can now touch the upper-90s with his fastball. The 25-year-old has yet to advance past A-ball but has a real shot to capture one of the lefty relief roles in the bullpen. "He throws really hard, his arm angle, his slider, the sink on his fastball — all those things make him really hard to hit," manager Chip Hale said. "Those are those impact, lefty arms that are hard to find."
Feb 27 - 9:25 AM

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said of Chase Anderson on Thursday that "you have to strongly consider him as part of our rotation."

Only Josh Collmenter's and Jeremy Hellickson's names are etched in stone as part of the rotation, but it sounds like we can probably at least write Anderson's name down in ink. The righty pitched pretty well for the D'Backs in 2014, posting a 4.01 ERA with 105 strikeouts across 114 1/3 innings. There are a host of players that will compete for the final two spots in the rotation, including Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Robbie Ray, Vidal Nuño, Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado.
Feb 27 - 9:18 AM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Jeremy Accardo to a minor league contract.

Accardo hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2012, when he posted a 4.82 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 37 1/3 innings between the Indians and A's. He spent the 2014 season with the independent Long Island Ducks. This is an organizational depth signing for Arizona.
Feb 26 - 12:06 PM

Diamondbacks signed INF Cody Ransom to a minor league contract.

The deal does not include an invitation to major league spring training, so Ransom won't be in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot. The 39-year-old did not play affiliated ball in 2014. He owns a .213/.303/.400 career batting line in the majors.
Feb 26 - 11:55 AM

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Yasmany Tomas "bobbled some balls, misplayed others and at times did not appear to have proper technique" during third base drills Wednesday.

Tomas played a bit of third base in Cuba, but he was primarily a corner outfielder. Arizona signed him to a six-year, $68.5 million contract in late November and the hope is that he'll become the club's starter at the hot corner, but it's very much a work in progress. "At some point when we start evaluating whether he can play third base in the major leagues, we're just going to have to leave him alone and his game is either going to play or not play," said Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale.
Feb 26 - 9:52 AM

According to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert, Peter O'Brien's batting practice sessions have become must-see events for players and executives in Diamondbacks camp.

O'Brien slugged 34 home runs in 106 games last season between High-A and Double-A. There are major questions about his defense behind the plate, but his offensive potential could guide him quickly up the Diamondbacks' shaky catching depth chart. O'Brien was acquired from the Yankees last July in the Martin Prado trade. He appears poised to make his MLB debut at some point in 2015.
Feb 25 - 4:44 PM

Brad Ziegler threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee last September.

Ziegler had no issues and was satisfied with how things went. While his knee surgery was a serious procedure, the side-arming reliever is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Feb 24 - 2:17 PM


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