Zack Greinke was all smiles and laughter as he walked off the bullpen mound and into the clubhouse with catcher Alix Avila after a 40-pitch bullpen session that put him back on track to start the season in the D-backs' rotation.
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There's no lack of confidence from Marte, and although he started more games at shortstop than any other D-back in 2017, he's willing to play on any side of the infield or outfield if it help the D-backs bring home a championship.
The D-backs trimmed their Major League camp roster Sunday, optioning right-handers Silvino Bracho and Braden Shipley to Triple-A Reno and reassigning right-hander Joey Krehbiel and outfielder Cesar Puello to Minor League camp. The club also released catcher Josh Thole.
David Peralta sported a huge glove
From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the D-backs' depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.
Lovullo has been seeing the progress that comes with a player finding his footing in the big leagues, calling his third baseman, "poised and ready and working hard to have an exceptional year and build on things that he did last year."
Manager Torey Lovullo won't say it yet, but he has laid out the pieces of an equation that add up to Zack Greinke missing his projected Opening Day start.
Who do the D-backs have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Arizona's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have added new experiences to the center field area along the main concourse at Chase Field including the addition of Gonzo's Grill and private cabanas at the Coors Light Strike Zone among many more additions.
For their charitable efforts, including $50 million in giving over their 20-year franchise history, the D-backs have been pillars in the Phoenix community, particularly among young fans. On Saturday, the club was honored at the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix "Today's Kids, Tomorrow's Stars" fundraiser.
Less than two weeks from finalizing their Opening Day roster, the D-backs have a handful of players who are both out of options and on the cusp of making the club. Of the 13 players in camp who are out of options, Albert Suarez is probably the biggest question mark as he competes for a role in the bullpen as a long reliever.
The D-backs got five moves closer to their 25-man roster on Friday in advance of their game with the Dodgers. Outfielder Socrates Brito and infielders Jack Reinheimer and Ildemaro Vargas were optioned to Triple-A Reno, and outfielder Ramon Flores and right-handed pitcher Jack Buchanan were reassigned to Minor League camp.
The D-backs made two key transactions early in Spring Training that quickly solidified the outlook of their 25-man roster. With two weeks to Opening Day, the biggest remaining questions are the makeup and roles of the bullpen and the potential wild card of Zack Greinke's Opening Day status.
At present, the feeling among Torey Lovullo and the medical staff is that the worst-case scenario would be for Zack Greinke to get pushed back a couple days in the rotation, perhaps making his first start in the D-backs' third game of the regular season.
Wednesday brought an opportunity to celebrate the late Kevin Towers, with the D-backs -- for whom Towers served as GM from 2010 to 2014 -- and the Reds, for whom he was a special assistant from 2014 until his passing, hosting an industry gathering at Salt River Fields.
In his first bullpen session since May 2017 Tommy John surgery, D-backs right-hander Shelby Miller said throwing off the mound went better than he expected.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will honor their late General Manager, Kevin Towers with a "KT" patch to be worn on the team's jersey on Aug. 2 when the D-backs celebrate the 2011 National League West Division Championship team.
Workaholics stars throw first pitch at D-backs camp
Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the upcoming season. Some compete for jobs in big league camp, while others vie for spots on Minor League affiliates. MLB Pipeline will visit all 30 camps this spring, and today we check in on the D-backs.
Walker gave out homemade tacos on Monday
As part of MLB Pipeline's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities, we're sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At D-backs camp, it was Arizona's No. 5 prospect,, Marcus Wilson.
Jorge De La Rosa is still attacking hitters after all these years, a trait that might earn him a spot in the D-backs' bullpen.
The biggest innings of Monday's spring D-backs action came on a back diamond at Salt River Fields, where Zack Godley, the projected fifth starter, threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings of two-run ball.
Herrmann will always earn his bread and butter behind the plate, and though he may not expect to start many games in the outfield grass, his flexibility to plug in throughout the game represents valuable versatility on the D-backs' roster.
Lovullo seems to have a fairly good idea of the makeup of his starting position players and key reserves, but the bullpen is rife with questions about who will make it and who will take what roles.
After two strong spring starts, Taijuan Walker had a bit of a setback Saturday, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, all in the second of his two innings pitched in a 10-3 win over the Royals -- the D-backs sixth Cactus League win in a row.
D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray called it "a step forward." He prepared for it with a couple of longer bullpen sessions in which he worked toward fine-tuning his mechanics and timing.
One of the National League's best relievers still sees himself as a starting pitcher, and that's unlikely to change for a while. On the other hand, Archie Bradley loves working out of the bullpen, and most days he does a good imitation of the happiest man on earth.
Steven Souza Jr. made his impact felt in a huge way for the D-backs on Thursday afternoon.
Greinke lists amazing home for $7.55 million
Who are the expected starters at second base and shortstop for the D-backs? What will the team do with slugger Yasmany Tomas? Beat reporter Steve Gilbert addresses these questions and more from fans.
As the D-backs honor their club history during their upcoming 20th anniversary season, they will also bring back a piece of baseball lore -- the bullpen cart.
The life, death and rebirth of the bullpen cart
In many ways, the D-backs had a magical season in 2017 when they flipped their record and won the top National League Wild Card spot with a 93-69 mark.
Forget about riding in the new OnTrac Bullpen Cart, D-backs reliever and noted car wizard Andrew Chafin can't wait to get his hands on the new vehicle. "It'll give me something else to tinker with down there and see how fast we can make it go," Chafin joked before the D-backs faced teh Angels on Tuesday afternoon at Salt River Fields. "I can tune that car up and we'll get it running probably 15-20 mph faster, easily."
While the rest of their teammates faced the Padres on Monday night, D-backs pitchers Randall Delgado and Patrick Corbin got their work in during an afternoon intrasquad game on a back field at Salt River Fields.
The D-backs have signed catcher Anthony Recker to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the club announced Monday.
Check out the D-backs' new carne asada dog