D-backs add De La Rosa on Minor League deal

Veteran left-hander rejoins initial club that signed him out of Mexico

D-backs add De La Rosa on Minor League deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs have signed veteran left-hander Jorge De La Rosa to a Minor League deal.

De La Rosa, 35, who spent the last nine seasons with the Rockies, has made 241 starts during his career. He could also pitch out of the bullpen for Arizona.

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Goldy tunes out personal, team predictions

Rain washes out most of D-backs' outdoor practice

Goldy tunes out personal, team predictions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There are lower expectations for the D-backs in 2017, at least in the minds of most baseball prognosticators, but do yourself a favor and don't bother asking first baseman Paul Goldschmidt for his reaction to them.

Goldschmidt is not on social media and while he'll read about current events, business news and other sports, you won't find him reading about himself or his team.

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Playing time up in air between D-backs catchers

Mathis, Iannetta and Herrmann all expected to make Opening Day roster

Playing time up in air between D-backs catchers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It seems almost a certainty that the D-backs will have three catchers on their Opening Day roster.

How their playing time will be split up is far less certain.

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Lovullo recalls dad's job as TV producer

D-backs skipper got to know country legends through variety show 'Hee Haw'

Lovullo recalls dad's job as TV producer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It wasn't until the fifth grade when new D-backs manager Torey Lovullo realized that his father, Sam, had a unique job.

Sam, who passed away last month at the age of 88, was an executive producer for "Hee Haw," a TV variety show that featured country music. The show ran from 1969-71, and then for 21 years in syndication.

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Goldschmidt eager to play for Team USA

Goldschmidt eager to play for Team USA

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Before agreeing to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt did his homework by calling players who had done so in the past to see if it impacted their preparation for the regular season.

"A lot of them said you're even more ready because you've played in some more high-stakes games rather than just Spring Training games and the competition is higher," Goldschmidt said. "Every review I got was positive."

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Lovullo lays out his concepts to team

New D-backs manager addresses full squad for first time

Lovullo lays out his concepts to team

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With the first full-squad workout in the books, new D-backs manager Torey Lovullo planned on taking a breather Friday night.

"I think tonight I might sit back and watch a little TV and turn off the brain," Lovullo said.

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Rodney arrives to D-backs camp in great physical shape

Veteran closer plans to mentor club's young relievers

Rodney arrives to D-backs camp in great physical shape

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The first thing new D-backs manager Torey Lovullo noticed about Fernando Rodney was his sense of humor. When he shook hands with his closer, he noticed something else.

"I shook his hand and hit him on the shoulder, and it was pretty impressive," Lovullo said. "He's a guy that's taken very, very good care of himself despite his age."

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Burr's truck gets the business end of a Hernandez fly ball

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Burr's truck gets the business end of a Hernandez fly ball

When a hitter really, truly squares up a pitch, the baseball doesn't stand much of a chance.

Hundreds of feet later, the sphere's journey comes to an end -- sometimes in the glove of a fan, sometimes into the middle of a tray of fancy nachos and sometimes into the unsuspecting windshield of a car in a neighboring parking lot.

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Lovullo preparing to address D-backs for first time

Lovullo preparing to address D-backs for first time

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Before the D-backs take the field for their first full-squad workout of the spring on Friday morning, Torey Lovullo will address his new team. It's something that the first-year manager has been thinking about for quite some time.

"It's the first time that I'll be in front of these guys as a group formally, and I've been thinking about it since the day I was hired," Lovullo said. "It was actually one of the questions that [general manager] Mike Hazen asked me in my interview. I've had a lot of time to think about that, and I still haven't put it all down on a piece of paper yet. I have it in my head right now. I'll probably do that at some point tonight or early tomorrow morning."

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Greinke progressing, has high hopes for 2017

Greinke progressing, has high hopes for 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- While 2016 did not go as expected for Zack Greinke and his Arizona D-backs teammates, the ace right-hander is confident that the script will flip in 2017.

"I still have really high hopes for our team," Greinke said. "I thought we were really good going into last year. We pretty much have the same team or a very similar team. I think we should be good. I'm shocked we didn't do better last year. We have a very talented [pitching] staff. Really good. I think we're a good team."

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Grace back on TV after assistant hitting coach gig

Former analyst will be part of pre-, postgame shows on FOX Sports Arizona

Grace back on TV after assistant hitting coach gig

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Grace will return to the D-backs' broadcasting team in 2017 as part of the pre- and postgame shows on FOX Sports Arizona.

Grace served as Arizona's assistant hitting coach each of the past two seasons, but his contract was not renewed after manager Chip Hale and general manager Dave Stewart were dismissed following the 2016 campaign.

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Walker explains his decision to wear No. 99

Walker explains his decision to wear No. 99

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- During his first three seasons with the Mariners, Taijuan Walker bided his time and waited patiently for the uniform number he wanted, the one that he had worn his entire life to that point.

In the meantime Walker was No. 27 and then No. 32 before last year, at last, No. 44 finally came free.

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Miller putting tough 2016 firmly in the past

Miller putting tough 2016 firmly in the past

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Before heading off to his first bullpen session of 2017, right-hander Shelby Miller took a look back at his nightmarish 2016 season, which he finished with a 6.15 ERA.

"I had such a bad year, it just had a snowball effect," Miller said. "I learned a lot of things. I learned how to deal with struggling a lot. It was weird, because I had never performed that bad before in my entire life. To have to deal with it, you learn a lot of things, and you just hope to build off of that and never have it happen again."

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Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer

D-backs bench coach will take leave of absence to undergo surgery

Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer

D-backs bench coach Ron Gardenhire announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Gardenhire, 59, said he will be taking a leave of absence from the team soon to undergo surgery to have his prostate removed.

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Gardy well supported as he faces cancer fight

D-backs' new bench coach to undergo prostatectomy in April

Gardy well supported as he faces cancer fight

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- New D-backs bench coach Ron Gardenhire has prostate cancer. The news broke on Tuesday, his first day with the club. Let that sink in for a second.

The ballclub and the veteran baseball man made the announcement simultaneously, and it reverberated around the Salt River Fields training facility just after pitchers and catchers concluded their opening day of spring workouts.

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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.

Greinke taking it slow as camp starts

Lovullo: No reason to rush with extra week in Spring Training

Greinke taking it slow as camp starts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs ace Zack Greinke kind of threw a bullpen session Tuesday.

The right-hander stood on the mound, held a ball in his hand and went through his motion without releasing the ball.

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D-backs ink pair of relievers to Minors deals

D-backs ink pair of relievers to Minors deals

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Right up until pitchers and catchers reported, the D-backs were still adding veteran relievers, as they signed lefty Brian Matusz and right-hander Kevin Jepsen to Minor League contracts.

Matusz and Jepsen join Tom Wilhelmsen, who signed last week; J.J. Hoover and Keyvius Sampson were inked to Minor League deals during the offseason.

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D-backs' Walker will earn $2.25M after arbitration loss

Right-hander was seeking $2.6M salary for 2017 season

D-backs' Walker will earn $2.25M after arbitration loss

D-backs right-hander Taijuan Walker lost his arbitration case and will make $2.25 million this year, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, as first reported by FanRag Sports.

The D-backs have not confirmed or commented on the report.

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D-backs excited for return to work in spring

Pitchers and catchers reported Monday, while position players arrive Thursday

D-backs excited for return to work in spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- While Monday was technically reporting day for D-backs pitchers and catchers, the reality is most of them, as well as position players, have been working out at Salt River Fields for a while now.

There was still that first-day-of-school feel around the complex, though, with right-hander Archie Bradley admitting he had some trouble sleeping on Sunday night just from the anticipation of it all.

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New D-backs staff, tight-knit group set to open camp

New D-backs staff, tight-knit group set to open camp

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's D-backs squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- New D-backs manager Torey Lovullo has not had a lot of time to spend around his players, but what he has seen so far during early workouts at Salt River Fields has him excited for Monday, when pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training.

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D-backs could carry 3 catchers to start 2017

Early 25-man-roster prediction has trio of backstops

D-backs could carry 3 catchers to start 2017

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com takes a look at a different aspect of this year's D-backs squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster.

PHOENIX -- Predicting an Opening Day roster halfway through Spring Training is challenging enough. Trying to come up with one before pitchers and catchers even report? Nearly impossible.

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Bounce-backs key to D-backs' ideal season

Pollock, Greinke, retooled bullpen could reverse last year's fortunes

Bounce-backs key to D-backs' ideal season

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's D-backs squad each day this week. Today's topic: The perfect season

PHOENIX -- Things seldom go exactly to plan for a team over a 162-game schedule, but if things were to break just right for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017, what would that look like?

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D-backs have fun honoring team sponsors

Players enjoy participating in Most Valuable Partner Awards

D-backs have fun honoring team sponsors

PHOENIX -- Who looks at himself more in the mirror, D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock, or first baseman Paul Goldschmidt?

Who is better at playing a game of charades while wearing a blow-up sumo wrestler outfit, right-hander Archie Bradley or third baseman Jake Lamb?

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D-backs acquire RHP Duncan from Bucs for INF Gosselin

D-backs acquire RHP Duncan from Bucs for INF Gosselin

The D-backs acquired right-hander Frank Duncan from the Pirates on Friday for infielder Phil Gosselin, who had been designated for assignment on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Duncan was 12-8 with a 2.34 ERA in 27 games (22 starts) last season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. He will be a non-roster invitee to the D-backs' Major League camp at Spring Training.

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