Figueroa back with D-backs after memorable Classic

Figueroa back with D-backs after memorable Classic

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nelson Figueroa returned to the D-backs on Thursday after pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

"I'm trying to relearn the signs again and the pickoff plays and everything else," Figueroa said. "It's a little bit of a shock to the system to go from playing games and flying across the country and playing in big league parks to being back in Spring Training, getting up early in the morning. But this is where I want to be and I'm thankful for the opportunity the D-backs have given me. I hope I can continue the success I had in the Classic."

Figueroa pitched two games in the Classic, going 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA as Puerto Rico advanced to the final, in which it was defeated by the Dominican Republic.

"It was unbelievable," Figueroa said of the experience. "Getting to the championship game was everything we dreamed it would be."

Figueroa was invited to camp as a non-roster player with the idea that he would provide some veteran depth at Triple-A Reno. That still seems to be the plan, but the D-backs would like to get a longer look at him.

With starters now going six innings, it can be hard to find action for Figueroa, but the D-backs don't want starter Trevor Cahill to face the Giants next week so close to the start of the regular season. Instead, they may have Cahill throw in a "B" game, which would open up a spot for Figueroa.

"We're going to try and move our pitching around a little bit and see if we can get him some innings," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.

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