Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke continued his gradual progression toward Opening Day on Monday, facing hitters for the second time this spring, this time simulating two innings on a back field at Salt River Fields.
Greinke’s stuff appeared to be sharper than it was when he faced hitters for the time on Friday, his velocity looking to be a tick higher, his offspeed stuff a bit more crisp.
“Each moment has been a little bit better,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “I think he was letting the ball go a little bit more from where I was. But the command is always impressive from where I was concerned.”
Though Greinke would appear to be getting closer to making his Cactus League debut, Lovullo said he hadn’t had a chance to talk to Greinke about what he wants his next step to be.
“What I’ve been saying all along is that we’re going to give Zack a little bit of flexibility in knowing what it takes for him to get ready for the start of the season,” Lovullo said. “At this point in time, we’re going to let him tell us how he feels and move forward day by day based on the information that he’s giving us.”
If Greinke were to face the Dodgers on Friday, he would line up perfectly to start against the Giants on Opening Day on April 2.
- Third baseman Jake Lamb was listed in the Diamondbacks’ original lineup on Monday afternoon before being scratched with a stomach virus. Lovullo said they’ll evaluate Lamb again on Tuesday but was expecting him to miss another day.
- Right-hander Jimmie Sherfy also was out sick on Monday, the second day in a row he’s been away, according to Lovullo. “Jimmie Sherfy had a similar virus and spent the past couple of nights in the hospital getting rehydrated and getting on his feet,” Lovullo said. “He’s out of the hospital today and will be back in camp tomorrow getting back on his feet.”
- Right-hander Jake Barrett, who has been slowed by shoulder issues, played catch from a distance of 75 feet and reported no issues, Lovullo said.
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