Right-hander Silvino Bracho smiled briefly before his face turned serious again. He knows spring training is winding down, that roster decisions are looming, and all he needs to do is glance around him in the Diamondbacks clubhouse to see he’s one of the few remaining candidates for a bullpen job. But he’d rather not.
“I don’t want to think about that,” Bracho said. “It’s hard not to, but it is what it is. I’m healthy and if they want me on the roster, then I’m going to be good for Opening Day. If not, that’s OK, I have to keep my mind focused and do what I need to do.”
The early days of spring training are filled with carefree moments, a time without games, results or roster moves, a time when players are weeks from having to confront the realities of the business. For some players, however, the final days can be the opposite, filled with tension and dread as they wait to learn their fate.
The clubhouse at Salt River Fields had that feel on Monday as the Diamondbacks finished the home portion of their spring training schedule with a loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Players with jobs seemingly on the line said they had yet to be told whether they had made the team.