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SnakeBytes: Shutout starters edition

Well, in the unlikely event we do end up losing Bronson Arroyo for any time, looks like Archie Bradley is perfectly ready to replace him. Reports from both yesterday's split-squad games, join other news: Brad Ziegler closing = we're in trouble, and a likely refreshing lack of Zack Grienke in our future.

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  • [MLB] Bradley shines in Spring Training debut - Bradley's fastball was clocked at 92-96 mph, and he showed an effective slider and the ability to pitch inside. "I had a lot of fun out there," Bradley said. "It was fun to finally face someone without a Diamondbacks jersey on. It felt really good to be on this side, in big league camp. Obviously, you couldn't ask for a better debut. I got the adrenaline going, I got to compete and it felt good."
  • [AZ Central] Arizona Diamondbacks split Monday's games - McCarthy turned in his second consecutive strong start, tossing five scoreless innings against the Angels despite being bothered by a stomach illness that prevented him from talking with reporters after the game. McCarthy gave up just three hits and one walk, striking out two and recording 10 ground-ball outs. "He kept the ball down and had good, late life on it," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He threw the ball inside, moved it around well."
  • [Fox Sports] D-backs game report - Didi Gregorius's name has been floated in all sorts of trade rumors this spring, but the D-backs are not close to making any trade, according to a source. A deal for either of the young shortstops (Chris Owings is the other) would require either an injury on another team that created a significant need or a top young pitching prospect that the D-backs could not refuse. Most spring deals happen close to the start of the regular season. .

Team news

  • [AZ Central] Bronson Arroyo scratched; & other stuff - The Diamondbacks don’t consider it a serious issue and believe he should still have time to be ready for the start of the season. And since Arroyo was already a longshot to go to Australia, this just about guarantees that he won’t. "I think it’s something that he’s had before and it’s just kind of resolved itself," Gibson said. "That’s what we’re thinking this is, as well. We don’t want him to go out there and throw through it at this point and then get into a situation where it is concerning."
  • [Arizona Sports] Corbin, Cahill 'honored' to start for team during two-game Australia series - Corbin said. "I think everyone wants to start the first game. That's how I prepared myself this offseason up to where we are today at this point. Just hearing it today officially, now I'm going to stay on the schedule that I was on. I'm really excited to get out there and help the team win." "It's an honor and I'm excited," Cahill said. "I think the biggest thing for me and Corbin is to go out and treat it like any other game. It's international play. But at the end of the year, it's just two games.."
  • [] D-backs agree to terms with 22 players - "The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have agreed to terms on one-year contracts for the 2014 season with 22 pre-arbitration players, according to D-backs' Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers. The D-backs now have all players on the 40-man roster under contract for the 2014 season."
  • [AZ Central] Shortstop battle motivates Owings - Chris Owings couldn’t help but wonder. He’d been regarded as the Diamondbacks’ shortstop of the future since being drafted in 2009, but in the span of one off-season the future suddenly became crowded. "When the team goes from having not a lot of shortstops to having three, it makes you think a little bit," Owings said. That was a year ago, and the way Owings saw it, there was really only one way for him to handle it. He kept his mouth shut and kept working.
  • [Arizona Sports] Brad Ziegler: If D-backs need me to close, something went wrong - "If Addison Reed or J.J. Putz or David Hernandez is pitching well, one of them is going to have that job. I kind of got it last year by default... I think everybody realizes if everybody in our bullpen is pitching well, then I'm not our closer. And if I'm closing, then there's a lot of things that have gone wrong at that point and that's not a good thing."


  • Aww... Looks like Greinke won't be going to Australia. Sure he's devastated. Now, can we get rid of Kershaw too, and call it a day?
  • [AP] Astros prospect details drug struggle - Jon Singleton is considered the top first base prospect in baseball — a big, dynamic left-handed hitter with power and composure who can use the entire field. And for the first time publicly, he's opening up about his battle with an addiction to marijuana and monthlong stay at a rehabilitation center. "At this point it's pretty evident to me that I'm a drug addict. I don't openly tell everyone that, but it's pretty apparent to myself."
  • [Fos Sports] Baseball isn't and has never been perfect, but why not strive to be? - Former colleague Rob Neyer is now with Fox, and writes, "The notion that we might preserve the perfect baseball of our youth in amber is a slightly demented fantasy. Baseball has always and will always change, due to an infinite number of factors we might just hazily begin to comprehend. But that doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t try to guide the changes, however imperfect our wisdom."
  • [Fangraphs] Reviewing Last Year’s Bunt Doubles - or, "Your daily Gerardo".