SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jason Kubel will face adjustments to a new home park, new opposing pitchers and somewhat of a new game in the National League.
It probably seems like a paper cut. A serious injury and forced swing changes can turn about anything else mundane.
Freed from Target Field and a long way past his career-interrupting knee injury, Kubel is comfortable and confident as he prepares for his first season with the Diamondbacks.
"This team won the West last year, and I think it is even better this year," Kubel said early in spring training.
"Hopefully I can get back to my old self here."
Kubel appreciates his new situation, created when the D-backs signed him to a two-year, 15 million deal to be a middle-of-the-order run producer and play in left field.
Like teammate Michael Cuddyer, who landed in Colorado, Kubel will play in a home field more suited to his gap-to-gap style. Kubels first two homers of the spring Saturday were an indicator, as the firs...