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PEORIA, Ariz. -- When the Diamondbacks take the field Monday they'll be two weeks from Opening Day 2013. With twelve Cactus League games left then, the D-backs will have to start making some difficult decisions, though manager Kirk Gibson says there is no rush yet.
"When the general manager comes into my office and starts opening up the chalkboard then I think we'll be talking about it, but he hasn't done that to this point," Gibson said. "I don't think right now it's a pressing issue at all."
Still, the D-backs are nearing a critical point in the decision making process as they determine who to carry on the Opening Day roster. Gibson is still coy in discussing the decisions to be made and also careful not to get ahead of himself.
"There's going to be some tough decisions when it all comes down to it," Gibson said "I could predict who I think my 25 guys are going to be, but it's going to change."
That caveat ou...
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Willie Bloomquist was in town for less than a day before he was back in the Diamondbacks lineup.
After getting two at-bats and playing six innings in the field in two weeks with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Bloomquist was anxious to do more. He talked his way into the game Sunday in a meeting with manager Kirk Gibson.
It (WBC) was a great experience...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Trevor Cahill has altered his diet to eliminate foods his body tolerates with reluctance. He has redistributed his weight through offseason training sessions, and the Diamondbacks have seen a more agile man off the mound this spring.
Lest anyone believe the D-backs do not appreciate the changes, here is what Kirk Gibson had to say before Cahills fourth spring...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After a stellar rookie season that saw Joe Paterson become the first Rule 5 Draft pick to make the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster and compile a 2.91 ERA over 62 appearances, it was confounding for the D-backs and Paterson when he was completely ineffective early last season.
Paterson didn't know what was going on and struggled to figure it out most...
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks Opening Day starter Ian Kennedy left Saturday's Cactus League game against the Padres earlier than expected after being hit in the left leg by a line drive, but he said afterward that he does not anticipate missing his next start.
"It feels like if you foul a ball off your ankle," Kennedy said. "We'll just treat it for next time...
Nelson Figueroa (left) and Andy Gonzalez of Puerto Rico. (Getty, via Yahoo)
Heidi Watney of the MLB Network probably wants back the below interview, and most likely will also be a great learning experience for her. Friday night, following the WBC game where Puerto Rico beat the United States in a 4-3 victory, Watney thought she was interviewing Puerto Rico starting pitcher Nelson...
The Diamondbacks have churned out major leaguers over the last few years, but are never really considered one of the better systems in baseball. I think that trend will continue over the next few years as well; they have a few elite guys, then a lot of depth.
Note: Avg ranking takes the average of any site I could find that had team rankings (sum of ranks divided by total sites...
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross continues to be
hampered by a left camp injury, which manager Kirk Gibson admitted could cause
the offseason acquisition to begin the year on the disabled list, according to
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.
Gibson notes that Ross seems to be recovering from his
injury slower than expected.
"It's just been slow,"...
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MLB: [81-81] NL West
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If you are a regular reader of the site going back to last year you will know that my colleague and fellow professor Bryan Curley has a major man crush on Paul Goldschmidt. Unfortunately for him, he doesn’t get to gush about him here. He’ll have all season to do that I’m sure. When Goldschmidt [...]
Aaron Hill is a wealthier man this year, Trevor Cahill a slimmer one.
Both had their best days of the spring in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 9-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a split-squad game Sunday.
Hill - who signed a contract that will earn him $40.5 million over the next four seasons - homered, doubled and singled while driving in four runs.
Cahill - on a diet...
I always regarded the WBC as Dancing With The Stars with spikes. It’s a manufactured competition, but with its roots in nationalism.
However, last night’s USA-Puerto Rico elimination match was compelling, far more interesting than your average Mets-Marlins spring training game. That interest was generated by the passion in the stands. The WBC means more in terms of national pride...
Patrick Corbin had another strong spring start, pitching into the fifth inning Sunday as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 8-6 in a game between split squads.
The left-hander who threw 107 innings in the major leagues last season and is competing for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, allowed one run on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out four.
The U.S. is 0 for 3 so far at World Baseball Classics as the Americans were eliminated from the 2013 tournament on Friday March 15 after dropping a 4-3 decision to Puerto and a 38-year-old pitcher named Nelson Figueroa. The right-hander led his teammates to their glorious win and will now head into the event’s semifinal stage. Figueroa said his team was the underdog and it motivated...