Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/1/13
PHOENIX -- At FanFest last month, Diamondbacks left-hander Tyler Skaggs said he planned to treat every chance to pitch this spring, while competing for the final spot in the starting rotation, as if it were the seventh game of the World Series. Manager Kirk Gibson said recently that he believed that self-imposed pressure has had something to do with Skaggs early spring struggles, and Gibson urged him to relax when the two spoke Friday morning. "I think he has gone out there and put too much emphasis on winning a spot every pitch he throws," Gibson said. "Well try to back him off of that attitude a little bit. I mean, I dont know if hes going to make the team or not. I encouraged him to try to make it. At the same time, he has to stay focused on the process of becoming a complete pitcher. He has to be a pitcher." Skaggs gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in a relief appearance against the Reds on Thursday, throwing a wild pitch and committing a balk as he struggled wit...
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