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Delgado excited to earn rotation spot

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PHOENIX -- Randall Delgado's preference all along was to be in the starting rotation, so when the D-backs right-hander was told he would be the No. 5 starter, he smiled.

"It was good," he said. "I was very happy, and it was a little bit of encouragement to try to be better and work hard and help the team."

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Delgado's first start will come Friday afternoon against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Delgado was in the conversation for the No. 5 role when Spring Training opened, but seemed ticketed for the bullpen after the D-backs signed free agent Bronson Arroyo a few days into camp. 

But when Patrick Corbin hurt his elbow and underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery, the door reopened for Delgado. 

"I was trying to be ready for whatever happened," Delgado said. "I've been a starter so I'm not afraid. That's what I like to do."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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