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Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training Gameday Thread, #25: 3/21 vs. Kansas City Royals

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Can Ray sustain what has been steady improvement this spring?

MLB: Spring Training-San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks line-up

  1. Gregor Blanco CF
  2. David Peralta RF
  3. Brandon Drury 2B
  4. Jake Lamb 3B
  5. Daniel Descalso 1B
  6. Chris Herrmann LF
  7. Nick Ahmed SS
  8. Jeff Mathis C
  9. Robbie Ray RHP
    + RHP J.J. Hoover, LHP Andrew Chafin, RHP Zack Godley

One roster move was made by the Diamondbacks this morning: Evan Marshall was optioned to AAA Reno. This leaves the team with 44 players left in camp. According to Steve Gilbert, the problem was a lack of available innings, and the team expects him to return at some point.

Ray gets his fifth spring outing, and they’ve generally been getting better as they’ve gone along, which is good to see. He started off by walking three in just 1.1 innings, but last time out he struck out seven and walked none over his four frames. As ever with Ray, pitch efficiency is a thing, and since he’ll probably only get one more outing after this before Opening Day, we’re close to the point where what we see is going to be what we get from him.