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SnakeBytes: 50/50 edition

The D-backs lost to the Dodgers - but that was our B-squad, so was okay. And we left the Cubs without a victory in their new park. So that's nice. Those games, Ross's recovery and the settling in of Arroyo are among the stories today.

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  • [AZ Central] Arroyo’s spring debut & other stuff - "Regardless of what you’ve done in the game, people want you to be able to produce in front of their face," Arroyo said. "I understand that. (I wanted to do) some of the smaller, subtle things," he said. "If I do that, then I think they know they’ve signed a guy they used to see out there. … I think anybody who’s a new guy on a ballclub wants to produce at least a little bit to make people know you’re not over the hill or whatever it may be."
  • [ArizonaSports] Delgado impressive, tempered in first spring start - "I felt pretty good today. I was trying to make good quality pitches and that's it. Wasn't trying to do too much... It's been a while since the last time I pitched, so I felt pretty good today. They are the big league lineup so, you know, it's pretty good."
  • [Fox Sports] D-backs game report: Thursday, Feb. 27 - Prado finished the day 3 for 4 and is now 5 for 7 over the Diamondbacks' first two Cactus League games. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson credited Prado's work ethic for the hot start. "He's capable of winning the batting title," Gibson said. "He really is. He's much more comfortable this year, you can tell, and he's swinging extremely well right now."
  • [ArizonaSports] Greinke's early exit leaves hopeful D-backs prospects with dampened opportunity - "There's a lot of young men right now who would like to have the misfortune of facing Zack Greinke today," Grace said in the Diamondbacks dugout before the game. "There are millions of young men their age that would love the opportunity to go 0-for-2 against Zack Greinke." A mixture of Withrow, Red Patterson, Sam Demel, Daniel Moskos, Pedro Baez, Jarret Martin and Carlos Frias were seen, instead.

Team news

  • [AZ Central] Diamondbacks using caution on Cody Ross return - "We want to be smart with him," Gibson said. "That’s an extreme injury that he had. We want to make sure that he gets a lot of reps before we put him into a regular-season grind." Gibson said the team has targeted March 13 against Seattle as his possible debut.
  • [] Montero embracing opportunity for fresh start - "2013 was not going to be a good year for him even when the baseball season was over. The week after the season ended, Montero began to feel some pain just below the index finger on his left hand. What seemed like a minor irritant turned scary when it was discovered he had a serious infection. D-backs hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan wound up performing surgery to clean out the infected area on Oct. 6."
  • [FOX Sports] While settling into new surroundings, Arroyo takes on familiar role - "I'm comfortable enough now in this locker room," Arroyo said. "It was more about being in my own head and getting used to my body." Arroyo was more focused on developing the on-field relationship between himself and new battery mate Miguel Montero. That, Arroyo said, will be the biggest challenge in his transition to Arizona. Blending in with the D-backs, meanwhile, has been a cinch so far.
  • [] Diamondbacks unlikely to trade shortstop to Mets - "The Diamondbacks have been looking all over for a place to send one of their young shortstops and the Mets have been looking all over for a young shortstop. But the Diamondbacks are reportedly seeking a young catcher in return and beyond Travis d'Arnaud, the Mets don't have much to offer."
  • [AZ Centra] Prado seeks offensive consistency after slow start to 2013 - "This time last year, he mostly sat quietly at his corner locker at Salt River Fields. Looking back, he called it a year of doing "recon," of trying to learn his new teammates and letting them understand him. He also called it a learning experience. "I was trying to be a person that I wasn’t," Prado said... Prado knows he can play better and be more consistent. More like the player he was in Atlanta. And he thinks his comfort level has a lot to do with that."