"When I played out there the first month, I really felt like I made a huge jump in my hitting and getting to know myself a little bit better. It just allowed me to slow the game down a little more. You come to the field and you don't have as many things to worry about. It's not saying [that catching is] completely gone or completely out of the picture. I still have my stuff, and I still take some reps back there every now and then, but I'm comfortable in the outfield right now."
- Peter O'brien
The D-backs scored 10 runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 12-4 win over the Dodgers on Friday night at Chase Field. Welington Castillo's three-run homer keyed a four-run first inning, while Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed added two-run homers as part of a six-run second inning. Ahmed finished the night 4-for-4 with three RBIs and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
For all the elbow issues that changed the course of his career since 2013, Diamondbacks pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was just happy to be talking about returning from a different type of injury.
After dealing with some throwing issues behind the plate this past spring, the D-backs decided to play catcher Peter O'Brien in the outfield during the first month of the Minor League season. At the time, they said the idea was to help him get his feet underneath him at the plate without having to focus on catching.
Entering spring training and coming off offseason microfracture surgery on his left knee, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Brad Ziegler was facing something close to a walk year. He was entering the final guaranteed year of a two-year pact, but the Diamondbacks held a $5.5 million option on him for 2016.