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The three-man competition for the fifth spot in the Diamondbacks' starting rotation was trimmed to two Monday when Tyler Skaggs was optioned to Triple-A Reno.
Skaggs, a left-hander who's considered one of the team's top prospects, had struggled for much of camp, making five starts and getting hit hard in all but one. In his last appearance on Saturday, he went 2 23 innings and gave up five runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks. Overall, the 21-year-old allowed 11 earned runs in nine Cactus League innings.
The remaining contenders for the last spot in the rotation are lefty Patrick Corbin and right-hander Randall Delgado, one of the pieces received from the Braves in the Justin Upton deal.
Corbin looks to be the leader for the job, having made five strong appearances -- two runs allowed in 13 23 total innings -- and one bad one, a start that lasted just one inning and saw him surrender four runs. On Sunday, he went 4 23 innings and allowed nine hits but just one run while striking out four and working out of an early jam. The 23-year-old Corbin logged 107 innings in the majors last year, going 6-8 in 17 starts with a 4.54 ERA, 86 strikeouts, 25 walks and a 1.33 WHIP.
Delgado has had three outings, one shortened by rain to 1 23 innings, and should get two more. His last appearance was his most impressive of spring, as he threw four shutout innings and allowed just three hits. The 23-year-old Delgado has made 24 major league starts in his career, all with Atlanta in 2011 and '12, going 5-10 with a 3.95 ERA and 1.36 WHIP.
Also reassigned to minor league camp on Monday were first baseman Kila Ka'aihue, catcher Rossmel Perez, outfielder Brad Snyder and left-handed pitcher Rommie Lewis. None of the four was expected to be on the major league roster.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
GLENDALE, Ariz. The Diamondbacks received some encouraging signs from their starting rotation Monday, when Wade Miley showed well in a camp game and rotation contender Randall Delgado had a third straight strong appearance.
Despite missing a start because of arm fatigue, Miley can get enough work to be ready for his first regular-season start on April 3 against the Cardinals, D...
Outfielder Cody Ross (calf) ran at 50 percent of his weight-bearing load on a treadmill Tuesday and took batting practice later. There seems to be some concern as to his availability for Opening Day.
Dont know yet, general manager Kevin Towers said. Were erring on the side of being cautious. We dont want to rush him.
Ross has seven at-bats this spring.
If for some odd reason...
The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed outfielder Jason Kubel on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left quadriceps and activated outfielder Cody Ross.
Kubel says he felt a problem in his leg in the final game of a series in Milwaukee on Wednesday. He was out of the lineup Friday but made a pinch-hit appearance, singling in the eighth inning in a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles...
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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Tyler Skaggs was drafted out of high school in the first round of the 2009 draft (#40 overall) by the Los Angeles Angels. He got to Arizona by way of trade when he was part of the package that the Diamondbacks got in return for Dan Haren. Skaggs is a lefty with a good size (6’3”, 195 lbs) who offers a fastball that sits 91...
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2012 (5) | 2011 (23) | 2010 (28) | 2009 (26) | 2008 (20)
2012 Affiliate Records
MLB: [81-81] NL West
AAA: [81-63] Pacific Coast League – Reno
AA: [69-71] Southern League – Mobile
A+: [64-76] California League – Visalia
A: [67-73] Midwest League – South Bend
A(ss): [36-40] Northwest League — Yakima (Hillsboro beginning...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. When it comes to aggressiveness on the bases, the Diamondbacks are not really trying anything new this spring. They are simply trying to do what they like to do better. Running into outs was a problem in 2012, and it goes without saying that D-backs need to improve there to make their somewhat-smaller-ball style work this season.
They understand. Kirk Gibson confronted...
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...
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...