Gregorius playing catch for first time at camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs shortstop Didi Gregorius began playing catch Saturday for the first time since he felt discomfort in his throwing elbow around Christmas.

Gregorius came over in the deal that sent pitching prospect Trevor Bauer to the Indians, and not long after he suffered some pain in his elbow while playing catch. The team immediately shut him down, and instead of having him compete for the starting shortstop job this spring, the D-backs decided to remove that possibility.

"We've tried to take that out of the equation and take a chance to get to know him," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's worked out a ton, worked on his running. In the end we're being overly cautious because we don't want to take any chances with it. Everything has been outstanding to this point."

Gregorius will play catch from about 60 feet for the next week or so before they decide how to progress from there.