"You kind of so want to go back to what you're used to, but at the same time you got to stick with it. I can definitely tell there's some stuff, just where I set my sights on some pitches just got to change a little bit because the ball doesn't run as much."
- Trevor Cahill on new mechanics
"People have told me that. 'It's unbelievable you made your MLB debut and this is your first spring training. I was like, 'Well, crazy things have been happening since last year.' I'm really excited right now."
- David Peralta
Due to pocket $12 million this season, Trevor Cahill is the Arizona Diamondbacks' highest paid pitcher and among the most well-paid in Sedona Red. With that large of an investment in a single player, it's no wonder the D-backs are doing all they can, leaving no stone unturned in an effort to get their 27-year-old right-hander right again. Hence the new delivery.
Robbie Ray, who is competing for one of the three open spots in the D-backs' starting rotation, worked a clean first inning, but ran into trouble in the second. Randall Delgado enjoyed the best day of D-backs pitchers fighting for a rotation spot, posting two shutout innings.
The out-of-nowhere ascension story of Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta last season has been repeated so much that it's lost some of what made it so incredible in the first place. Peralta went from out of baseball to a budding star who was voted the team's rookie of the year. What's been somewhat lost in the shuffle is that Peralta's rise from independent ball to the majors may have outpaced his development. After all, he's only now participating in his first major-league spring training. He still has a lot to learn.
Spring training for the Diamondbacks under new manager Chip Hale has been all about getting back to the basics, about focusing on the fundamentals regardless of how truly fundamental they might be.
D-backs infielder Chris Owings took live batting practice Friday for the first time this spring. Owings has been hitting in the batting cage, but the team has been cautious about his progress to protect against his swing getting out of sync while trying to protect the shoulder.