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Top Diamondbacks News

  • Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas: Dealing with wrist soreness

    Thomas was held out of the lineup for Monday's Cactus League game against the Athletics due to wrist soreness, Alex Weiner of reports.

    Thomas tracked balls during live batting practice instead. Manager Torey Lovullo said he's not worried about the injury, adding that Thomas could have played Monday, if needed. The young outfielder should be back in the lineup later this week.

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  • Diamondbacks' Slade Cecconi: Looking to go deeper into games

    Cecconi walked one and struck out four over two hitless and scoreless innings in Sunday's spring start against the White Sox.

    Cecconi, who made his spring debut, pitched as well as Tommy Henry and Ryne Nelson -- his main competitors for the final rotation spot -- did Friday and Saturday, respectively. Cecconi's main offseason focus was to refine his secondary offerings, which Arizona manager Torey Lovullo believes could lengthen the 24-year-old's outings. The right-hander appeared in seven games, four as a starter, for the Diamondbacks in 2023 and rarely faced batters a third time through. "Last year, I was very slider heavy," Cecconi said. "A lot of fastball/slider and the huge goal this offseason was to really develop a four pitch-mix," Cecconi said. Henry and Nelson are considered the leaders for the final rotation spot.

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  • Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen: Faces batters Sunday

    Gallen tossed a live batting-practice session Sunday, Steve Gilbert of reports.

    This was the first time facing batters this spring for Gallen, who is prepping for his scheduled Cactus League debut Friday. "I felt all right," the right-hander said. "I mean, I still feel a little rushed, but that's just a timing thing. I think that just comes with time of getting used to seeing hitters again." Gallen, who threw a career-high 243.2 innings combined between the regular season and playoffs in 2023, is being brought along slowly this spring but should be Arizona's Opening Day starter.

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  • Diamondbacks' Ryne Nelson: Answers Henry in rotation bid

    Nelson allowed two hits and struck out five over two scoreless innings in Saturday's spring start against the Rockies.

    Nelson's 33-pitch performance was the talk of the post-game discussion. The right-hander threw mostly fastballs and sliders and induced eight swing-and-misses. "The velocity looked like it was spiking," manager Torey Lovullo told Alex Weiner of Arizona Sports. "He started mixing in a really quality secondary pitch with that slider, I know that was something I've been emphasizing. I know he's been working hard on it and he got a ton of swing-and-miss." It was an impressive showing for Nelson, who logged a 15.5 strikeout percentage (sixth percentile per Statcast) and 6.0 K/9 in 2023. It was also a timely response after Tommy Henry's impressive Cactus League debut Friday. Nelson and Henry are seen as the main competitors for the final spot in the rotation.

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  • Diamondbacks' Ryne Nelson: Starting Saturday

    Nelson will take the mound for Saturday's spring start against the Rockies, Steve Gilbert of reports.

    Nelson is competing for the No. 5 starter job with several others. One of those competitors is Tommy Henry, who submitted two scoreless innings in Friday's Cactus League opener.

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  • Diamondbacks' Eduardo Rodriguez: Throws on back field

    Rodriguez threw live batting practice on a back field Friday, Steve Gilbert of reports.

    An initial plan to have Rodriguez start Friday's Cactus League opener was scrapped, because the left-hander wanted a more controlled environment. "He felt good enough and might have wanted [to throw] more pitches," Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. There is no update on when Rodriguez will take the mound in a live setting.

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  • Diamondbacks' Tommy Henry: Sharp in Cactus League opener

    Henry allowed one hit and struck out three over two scoreless innings in Friday's spring start against the Rockies.

    Henry, pitching for the first time since a July 30 elbow injury ended his 2023 season, threw 15 of 22 pitches for strikes. He had command of all his pitches and was pleased with the results of mechanical tweaks implemented during the offseason, per Steve Gilbert of The left-hander focused on his hips and making his front side sturdier, designed to achieve consistency with his release point. With Friday's outcome, Henry staked an early claim to the fifth spot in the rotation, which is seen as a competition, along with Ryne Nelson, Slade Cecconi and Bryce Jarvis.

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  • Diamondbacks' Albert Almora: Joins D-backs on MiLB deal

    The Diamondbacks signed Almora to a minor-league deal Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jesse Friedman of reports.

    Almora last saw major-league action in 2022 with the Reds, playing 64 big-league games and slashing .223/.282/.349 with five home runs, 29 RBI and three stolen bases. The 29-year-old could provide a right-handed bench option for Arizona's lefty-heavy outfield if Randal Grichuk (ankle) isn't ready for Opening Day.

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  • Diamondbacks' Kyle Garlick: Invited to D-backs' camp

    Garlick signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday and received an invitation to major-league spring training, Jesse Friedman of reports.

    Garlick logged five hits in 28 big-league at-bats with Minnesota last season, but he slashed .242/.346/.450 with 65 RBI across 355 plate appearances in Triple-A. He will have an opportunity to make Arizona's Opening Day roster during camp, but chances are the 32-year-old outfielder fills in as organizational depth with Triple-A Reno.

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  • Diamondbacks' Tommy Troy: Will get look early in camp

    Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Thursday that he's eager to see Troy (foot) against major-league pitching early in camp, Steve Gilbert of reports.

    Lovullo discussed what's piquing his interest during Cactus League play and mentioned bringing prospects over from minor-league camp, including Troy and Druw Jones, to get at-bats and innings. While Troy's injury was not mentioned, that the manager was talking about him playing suggests last year's first-round pick is healthy and ready to go for spring ball. At the time of his September foot surgery, the expectation was that he'd have a full offseason to prepare for spring training. The 22-year-old shortstop batted .271 with an .843 OPS and stole nine bases over 27 combined games between the Arizona Complex League and High-A Hillsboro.

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  • Diamondbacks' Tommy Henry: Starting spring opener

    Henry will start the Diamondbacks' Cactus League matchup against the Rockies on Friday, Jesse Friedman of reports.

    Friday's start had originally been awarded to Eduardo Rodriguez, but Arizona will instead allow Henry to start the first game of spring training while Rodriguez throws a live BP session. Henry will spend the spring competing with Ryne Nelson for the final spot in the D-backs' rotation. While it's unknown how long Henry will remain in Friday's contest, a strong outing would certainly give him an early advantage.

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  • Diamondbacks' Eduardo Rodriguez: Scratched from spring start

    Rodriguez will no longer start the Diamondbacks' spring opener Friday against Colorado, Jesse Friedman of reports.

    Rodriguez will have to wait a bit longer to make his first appearance in a Diamondbacks uniform, as he will instead throw a live batting practice on a backfield Friday. Fellow southpaw Tommy Henry will get the nod to start against the Rockies in Rodriguez's place.

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  • Diamondbacks' Eduardo Rodriguez: Getting ball for spring opener

    Rodriguez is scheduled to start the Diamondbacks' spring opener Friday versus the Rockies, Theo Mackie of The Arizona Republic reports.

    Rodriguez will likely work just an inning or two before turning the game over to the bullpen. After joining Arizona on a four-year, $74 million deal in free agency this winter, Rodriguez is projected to open the season as the No. 3 starter behind Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly as the Diamondbacks look to build on last season's surprise run to the National League pennant.

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  • Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Scheduled for spring debut

    Kelly is expected to make his spring debut March 8 against the Cubs, Jack Magruder of reports.

    Kelly is set to open the regular season as the No. 2 starter behind Zac Gallen. Including the 2023 postseason, Kelly threw 201.2 innings, marking the second straight year the right-hander crossed the 200-inning threshold. As such, manager Torey Lovullo plans a measured buildup during the Cactus League season. "[We're] really trying to limit the overall innings. We're not trying to empty the tank so quickly," the manager said. Kelly was 12-8 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 30 regular season starts last year.

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  • Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen: First Cactus League start set

    Gallen is set to make his first Cactus League start March 1 against the Reds, Jack Magruder of reports.

    Gallen, projected as Arizona's No. 1 starter, tossed a career-high 243.2 innings in 2023, including the postseason. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talked about building up both Gallen and No. 2 starter Merrill Kelly, who threw a career-high 201.2 innings. "Obviously the buildup is of maximum concern -- we want to make sure they are at a certain pitch limit for their first start of the year," Lovullo said. Gallen was 17-9 with a 3.47 ERA (3.26 FIP) and 1.12 WHIP over 34 regular-season starts last season.

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  • Diamondbacks' Brandon Pfaadt: Throws live BP

    Pfaadt threw his first live batting practice session Tuesday, Jack Magruder of reports.

    Pfaadt is looking to build off a strong finish to the 2023 season, including the postseason in which he recorded 5.2 scoreless innings in a Game 3 win over the Phillies in the National League Championship Series. The Diamondbacks point to that game -- Arizona was down 2-0 in the series -- as pivotal to their run to the World Series. Arizona pitching coach Brent Strom credited Pfaadt's better pitch mix for the right-hander's success over the second half and playoffs. Pfaadt expected to slot in at third or fourth in the rotation, depending on where manager Torey Lovullo wants to insert left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who signed a four-year deal with the D-backs during the offseason. Given that the top two members of the rotation -- Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly -- are right-handers, the manager may want to break it up with Rodriguez third and Pfaadt fourth.

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Player Injury
A. Thomas CF Alek Thomas CF Wrist
R. Grichuk LF Randal Grichuk LF Ankle
K. Ginkel RP Kevin Ginkel RP Elbow
D. Jameson RP Drey Jameson RP Elbow
S. McGough RP Scott McGough RP Shoulder

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