As games approach, D-backs look to fine-tune

Early focus in March will not be too concerned with players' numbers

As games approach, D-backs look to fine-tune

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If you're trying to figure out what the D-backs' Opening Day roster is going to look like, do yourself a favor and stop. It's impossible to do right now.

With most camps you can narrow down the competition to a few spots at most, but the D-backs have competition all over the field and with so many moving pieces it will take time and games to sort them all out.

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Reed likely needs two weeks before taking mound

Reliever feels no soreness in shoulder, but D-backs are staying cautious

Reed likely needs two weeks before taking mound

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs closer Addison Reed said it will likely be around two weeks before he gets back on the mound again after experiencing some soreness in his right shoulder just before camp opened.

Tests done on his shoulder showed no injury and Reed has been playing catch without any discomfort.

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D-backs have some fun on photo day

D-backs have some fun on photo day

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs went through their annual photo day, which lasted about two hours Sunday morning.

There were 14 stations for players to go through with media outlets like MLB.com and MLB Network on hand. The team also shot videos and head shots that will be used throughout the season on the Chase Field scoreboard.

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D-backs hold tryout camp at Salt River Fields

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A little more than 100 players went through a tryout camp held by the D-backs on Saturday.

The camp ran eight hours long, lasting all the way until they turned the Salt River Fields lights off around 11 p.m., and there were four players that the D-backs had interest in talking to when all was said and done.

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Tomas to split time between third base, outfield in Spring Training

Hale wants Cuban slugger to see a lot of at-bats

Tomas to split time between third base, outfield in Spring Training

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Yasmany Tomas, who has worked out almost exclusively at third base, has started to shag balls from the outfield during batting practice and will see action there when games start next week.

"We've talked amongst everybody on the staff and in the front office, and what we're going to do for games is we have these at-bats, especially early on, where guys are only going to get two or three at-bats and then be out of the game," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We've told Tomas that if there's a day when he is not going to play third, we're going to put him in the outfield just to get at-bats.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cuban pitcher Lopez draws crowd for first BP session

D-backs' righty 'anxious' to see game action

Cuban pitcher Lopez draws crowd for first BP session

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs right-hander Yoan Lopez stepped on the mound at Quail Field, better known as Field No. 3, at the Salt River Fields complex on Saturday morning and a crowd of the most important decision-makers in the organization immediately gathered around the batting cage.

There stood general manager Dave Stewart, senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson, D-backs pitching coach Mike Harkey, Dave Duncan, a special assistant to the general manager, and Lopez's right-hand man, Hatuey Mendoza, the club's coordinator of Latin American operations, with their eyes focused on the 22-year-old pitcher.

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Hellickson's pitching session cut short by cramp

D-backs righty to be reevaluated on Sunday

Hellickson's pitching session cut short by cramp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson experienced a cramp near his right rib cage area and shut down his pitching session a few pitches short.

He does not expect to miss any time.

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La Russa sees a lot of Pujols in Goldschmidt

Chief baseball officer discusses his star first baseman, other topics after 1st week of camp

La Russa sees a lot of Pujols in Goldschmidt

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For the past five months they were just names on a white board, a conceptual idea, but over the past week as the D-backs have come to life on the field in front of him, chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has been pleased with what he's seen.

"The talent level is legit," La Russa said. "Sometimes over the winter you view the talent through rose-colored glasses, and then you look at it and the talent is here. It's exciting."

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D-backs, Trumbo feel slugger better fit for right field

D-backs, Trumbo feel slugger better fit for right field

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs GM Dave Stewart decided after last season that right field would be a better fit for Mark Trumbo than left, where he began the 2014 season.

Stewart said he talked with Trumbo's previous manager, Angels skipper Mike Scioscia.

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Hale would prefer to carry 12 pitchers

Recovering starters may force D-backs to carry extra arm

Hale would prefer to carry 12 pitchers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs manager Chip Hale would prefer to carry 12 pitchers rather than 13, but that could be influenced by the number of hurlers the team has returning from Tommy John surgery.

If David Hernandez, Daniel Hudson and Matt Reynolds are all in the bullpen, the team might need to carry an extra reliever because they are trying to be careful with that trio since they have all had Tommy John surgery.

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Tracy Ringolsby

D-backs' trajectory depends on choosing proper pieces

Club keeping open mind as position battles loom

D-backs' trajectory depends on choosing proper pieces

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Diamondbacks are definitely a work in progress.

What is known is that Dave Stewart is the new general manager and Chip Hale is the new manager.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs announce 2015 TV schedule

FOX Sports Arizona will televise 150 games

D-backs announce 2015 TV schedule

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- FOX Sports Arizona will televise 150 D-backs games during the regular season in 2015 as well as three Cactus League contests.

Each regular season broadcast will include the "Diamondbacks Live" pregame and postgame shows.

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Healthy Ross welcomes battle for playing time

D-backs outfielder looks to bounce back from hip injury, subpar year

Healthy Ross welcomes battle for playing time

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If Cody Ross is going to get playing time with the D-backs this year, he's going to have to earn it, and that's fine by him.

"My back is against the wall, which is right where I want to be," Ross said. "That's kind of been like my whole career. I never really had anything handed to me until a couple of years ago and that didn't go so well. Now that my back is against the wall, the real Cody will come out."

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Diehard fan Lamb inspired by visit to Seahawks' practice

Diehard fan Lamb inspired by visit to Seahawks' practice

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb got the opportunity to watch his favorite NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks, practice this offseason.

"It was fun just seeing a team like that, the way they practice and everything," Lamb said.

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Fans a priority as D-backs aim for strong start to season

Hall, Hale address team on first day of full-squad workouts

Fans a priority as D-backs aim for strong start to season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs went through their first full-squad workout of the spring Wednesday, and before they took the field, they were addressed by manager Chip Hale and team president/CEO Derrick Hall.

Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa will talk to the team at some point soon while general manager Dave Stewart prefers to talk individually with players.

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D-backs' Minor Leaguers get to work early

D-backs' Minor Leaguers get to work early

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In an effort to get their starting pitchers stretched out before the Minor League season opens and to get some younger prospects extra work, the D-backs invited 50 players to come to Spring Training on Wednesday ahead of the March 10 pitcher and catcher report date.

Another 10 players, who are rehabbing from injuries, were also invited.

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Phil Rogers

Tireless Hale right man for D-backs' revival

Front office's offseason commitment to talent gives new skipper tools to start fresh

Tireless Hale right man for D-backs' revival

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- He hasn't managed a Major League game yet, but don't let that little detail get in the way. Go ahead and put Chip Hale on your National League Manager of the Year watch list.

When September rolls around, we're going to be talking about Hale as a surprise pick in a group of candidates likely to include Joe Maddon, Bud Black, Mike Redmond and all the usual suspects, the guys like Bruce Bochy, Clint Hurdle and Mike Matheny. It may sound silly to speculate about this before the first pitch of the Cactus League season, but you don't need a crystal ball to know this is going to work.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs allowing Tomas to ease into playing third base

D-backs allowing Tomas to ease into playing third base

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs plan on giving Yasmany Tomas every opportunity to win the starting third-base job this spring, but they won't drag it out until the end of camp.

Manager Chip Hale acknowledged Wednesday that the team would probably make a decision whether Tomas can stay at third or needs to shift back to the outfield.

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Trumbo happy to put arbitration hearing behind him

Trumbo happy to put arbitration hearing behind him

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs outfielder Mark Trumbo was prepared to hear the worst when he walked into his salary-arbitration hearing last week, but it all worked out in the end for him.

Not only was it not as negative an experience as he thought it might be, but he also won his case. His salary for this year will be $6.9 million as opposed to the $5.3 million the D-backs filed.

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Tweaked delivery in tow, Cahill eyes consistency

Tweaked delivery in tow, Cahill eyes consistency

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Trevor Cahill has looked good in his early bullpen sessions. Granted, it's early in Spring Training and there isn't anyone standing in the batter's box.

The right-hander struggled mightily last year and was demoted at one point to Class A to work on his mechanics. Command was a big issue for Cahill, and at the root of that was his inability to keep a consistent release point.

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Bradley banking on knuckle curve to land job with D-backs

Bradley banking on knuckle curve to land job with D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In Spring Training last season, Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley started a split-squad game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In that outing, he gave up two hits in 3 1/3 innings and didn't allow a run while striking out three.

While Bradley earned the win, he remembered one strikeout with a special pitch.

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Nick Krueger is a junior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a Cactus League partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O'Brien turning heads at D-backs camp

O'Brien turning heads at D-backs camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It can get a little slow during the first week of Spring Training when it is just pitchers and catchers in camp, but this year at Salt River Fields, D-backs catcher Peter O'Brien has made batting practice a must-see event.

O'Brien, acquired from the Yankees last July 31 in exchange for Martin Prado, is likely to start the season in the Minors, but the team loves his bat and believes he is improving enough defensively where he can stay behind the plate.

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Ziegler throws off mound for first time since knee surgery

Ziegler throws off mound for first time since knee surgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since he had microfracture surgery on his left knee last September.

Ziegler threw 16 pitches, all fastballs.

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Hudson happy to have 'normal' spring with D-backs

After two years of rehabbing elbow, righty healthy at start of camp

Hudson happy to have 'normal' spring with D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If nothing else, the past two-plus years have taught D-backs right-hander Daniel Hudson the value of patience, and he's certainly had plenty of practice at taking things day by day.

That will come in handy this spring, as a determination as to whether Hudson is used as a starter or reliever will evolve as camp goes on.

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Big Unit addresses D-backs hurlers in camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson made his second appearance of the spring at D-backs camp Monday, and this time addressed the pitchers as a group before their morning workout.

"He was great with the guys," Arizona manager Chip Hale said.

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Manfred discusses pace of game with D-backs

Manfred discusses pace of game with D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Commissioner Rob Manfred stopped by Salt River Fields on Tuesday morning to meet briefly with D-backs players before they began their morning workout.

"I just think it's important for the players that I haven't worked with during [labor] negotiations to have a chance to see the Commissioner," Manfred said.

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D-backs agree to new TV deal with FOX

New deal said to be for 15 years, more than $1.5 billion

D-backs agree to new TV deal with FOX

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs president/CEO Derrick Hall could not get into the specifics of the new deal the D-backs reached recently with FOX Sports Arizona to continue to broadcast games well into the future, but he could describe the impact it would have on the organization.

"This is game-changing for us," Hall said. "It puts us on par with a lot of our colleagues. Any increase in revenues as we've said in the past will go directly towards our [team] so it will help our product on the field."

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Right versus left no issue for Hale in rotation

New manager will take five best prepared starters

Right versus left no issue for Hale in rotation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There are three open spots in the D-backs rotation behind Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson and almost a dozen candidates to fill those slots.

With both Collmenter and Hellickson being right-handed, D-backs manager Chip Hale was asked Sunday if it was important for a left-hander to win at least one of the final three spots.

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Barry M. Bloom

Revamped front office key to turnaround

La Russa, Stewart lead staff with help from Johnson, Gonzo

Revamped front office key to turnaround

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs have washed away the immediate past, utilizing Major League Baseball's storied past to do it. As pitchers threw their bullpens in the cages at the gleaming Salt River Fields at Talking Stick complex on Sunday, general manager Dave Stewart and his new assistant Joe Carter were watching them work. Tony La Russa, the club's chief baseball operator, rode a golf cart from field to field and station to station.

Luis Gonzalez and Randy Johnson -- two former D-backs stars who are among a quartet of special assistants to team president Derrick Hall -- were not even on the premises. That's a whole lot of baseball expertise for Arizona players of any level to tap into.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.