Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/7/13
PHOENIX Already without Cody Ross for the next three weeks or so, the Diamondbacks received a health scare Thursday when outfielder Tony Campana was forced to leave their 4-3 loss to the Brewers in the first inning. Campana singled to open the game but was removed after being thrown out attempting to steal second base. He was spiked on the play and gingerly held his left hand as he walked off the field, but the injury was not as serious as first feared, a laceration on the top of his hand that was being called day to day. So while the D-backs were without two of their top six outfielders Thursday, it was relatively good news for a team that could be without Ross until Opening Day on April 1. Ross, who has a left calf strain, will begin rehabbing in a theraputic pool and should be able to do full weight-bearing exercises by March 18 or 19, manager Kirk Gibson said. The injury does not prohibit Ross from doing anything but running, so he will continue to taking batting practice and throw, Gibson said. "Its reasonable" that Ross, expected to be the starting right fielder, could be ready for the start of the season, Gibson said. Another projected outfield starter, Adam Eaton, was at the park but did not play Thursday, a day after being thrown out at third base on an ill-advised delayed steal attempt in the first inning of an 8-1 loss to the Royals. Eaton, seeing he was caught, stopped short of third base and attempted to get into a rundown before colliding with Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who had a cut lip after the game. "The guy just doesnt have a feel for baseball. Thats all Ive got to say," Moustakas told reporters afterward. That was not the way the D-backs saw it. "Eaton plays hard. One of the reasons he is playing is so he can learn," Gibson said. "As far as Moustakas, I dont give a (expletive) what he thinks." Eaton, expected to start in center field, has a team-high 32 at-bats this spring as the D-backs try to give him every experience possible. He has one stolen base in three attempts this spring after stealing 44 bases between Class AA Mobile and Class AAA Reno last year. The D-backs understand Eaton is raw, but they are enamored of his skill set and his relentless aggressiveness. "He has tools. We all know he needs to learn how to use his tools," Gibson said. "Certainly hes a guy who is going to push the envelope. We know what the upside of that can be. Weve already seen it. You can see some really good things in his game. "There has to be a lot more polish to it. That (Kansas City play) is a perfect example of it. Hes going to be the type of irritating player for people because he busts his (butt). Whats not to like? Hes not trying to disrespect anybody. Will it appear that way along the way from time to time? Maybe. But hes trying to get better. "He has all the right intentions, and I promise you than anybody who has anything to say about Adam Eaton on an opposing team would love to have him on their team." NO. 5 STARTER Randall Delgado will start against the Angels on Friday, his second spring start and third appearance in the competition for the final rotation spot. Tyler Skaggs struck out three in three scoreless innings Tuesday, and Patrick Corbin gave up a grand slam in his one inning Wednesday, a day he was scheduled to go three innings. Skaggs did not allow a run for the first time in his three outings; Corbin gave up runs for the first time. As far as identifying the fifth starter, "Im not in any hurry for that," Gibson said. "We have a long way to go. Well just continue to take it in and watch it. Well get a game plan for next game, and by the end well have an idea who can execute and who cant, how it fits on the team." Skaggs pitched four days after a meeting with Gibson, who encouraged him to try not to put as much pressure on himself. "He was much more in control, which is what you have to be," Gibson said. The D-backs have 23 spring training games remaining. GREGORIUS GETS HIS HACKS Shortstop Didi Gregorius played in his first game of the spring, going 1 for 4 with a single as the designated hitter against the Brewers. He singled over the second baseman in the fourth while wearing a protective white sleeve on his right arm. "Its good to get him in a game. Little by little, we are getting him exposed," Gibson said. Gregorius, the prime return in the three-team deal that sent Trevor Bauer to Cleveland and Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati, was delayed this spring after suffering a slight ulnar collateral ligament injury in his right elbow while throwing in the offseason. He began a throwing program early to prepare for the World Baseball Classic, which he will not participate in because of the injury. "Well miss his bat," Netherlands manager Hensley Meulens said early in spring training. Meulens is the hitting coach for the Giants. NOTES: Wade Miley, who is working on his curveball this spring, liked what he saw of the pitch in two scoreless innings against the Brewers. He did not allow a hit but walked two, and a higher pitch count cut short an outing that was scheduled for three innings. I threw a couple of curveballs I was happy with, located them for strikes. I located a whole lot better down in the zone, Miley said. ... When Team USA meets Mexico in the World Baseball Classic at Chase Field on Friday night, Fernando Valenzuela and Dale Murphy will throw out the ceremonial first pitches. D-backs special assistant Roland Hemond will throw out the first pitch before the Mexico-Canada game at Chase Field on Saturday afternoon. Hemond, who entered the Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Buck ONeil lifetime achievement award last year, was the first U.S. executive to extensively scout and sign Mexican League players. Jorge Orta and Aurelio Lopez were among the players Hemond brought to the U.S.
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