Torey Lovullo: Yasmany Tomas' 2016 numbers 'not a fluke'

Torey Lovullo: Yasmany Tomas' 2016 numbers 'not a fluke'

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Torey Lovullo: Yasmany Tomas' 2016 numbers 'not a fluke'

By Scott Bordow, azcentral sports

Outfielder Yasmany Tomas is 0 for 17 in Cactus League play but those numbers don’t seem to worry Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo.

“I would not have known he was 0 for 17. That’s the first time I’ve heard that,” Lovullo said. “I just know there’s a process that these guys all follow. Not putting much into numbers it’s all about the approach and seeing pitches and getting into a good position to hit. I know it takes guys a little longer from time to time. I know he might be experiencing a little bit of frustration internally because he hasn’t got a hit but we feel very comfortable that last year’s numbers (.272 batting average, 31 homers, 83 RBIs) were not a fluke. We just need him to be consistent and as good as he can be.”

Lovullo did say Tomas’ struggles are a result of being impatient at the plate.

“Maybe a little bit too jumpy and not seeing the ball,” he said. “We gotta practice patience here, swing at strikes and see the ball.”

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Owings in the outfield

Lovullo said shortstop Chris Owings, who is in a three-way battle for the starting job, will see some time in right field next week but added that in no way should reflect on Owings’ performance at short during camp.

“We want to see where his comfort level is at but I do want to make it perfectly clear that Chris is doing a great job as our shortstop,” Lovullo said. “I don’t want to short-change Chris but we’re going to see if at times our best team has him at right field. Nothing has been defined. We just want to take a look at it.”

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Short hops

Lovullo said starter Zack Greinke would throw as many as 50 pitches in Wednesday’s game against Team Mexico … Asked about pitcher Taijuan Walker, who gave up just one hit in three scoreless innnings Sunday, Lovullo said, “I don’t want to shoot too high but he’s a pretty special guy.”

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