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At least, it doesn’t look like Zack Greinke’s velocity will be an issue this year.

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Record: 1-2. Change on 2017: 0.

One of the bigger storylines of last spring training was the Quest for Greinke’s Lost Velocity. His first couple of starts were, as he said in his usual, understated way, “not ideal.” As mentioned in the pre-game thread, he wanted to get a better jump on things this year. In terms of pure velocity, he seems to have succeeded. In his opening outing of the Cactus League this afternoon at Salt River Fields. Nick Piecoro reports that Greinke reached 90.7 mph in the first, noting, “It took him until his third start last spring to crack 90.” While that’s still lower than average, it seems perfectly reasonable, and hopefully means this will not be a recurring question in 2018.

He allowed three hits and an earned run over 1.2 innings against the Brewers at Salt River Fields - no walks, and no strikeouts, throwing 29 pitches, 21 for strikes. Greinke described his outing as “ok”. The best of the other pitchers who followed him was likely Rule 5 pick Albert Suarez. He tossed a pair of hitless frames, with a walk and two strikeouts. Kris Medlen allowed a run in two innings, Jake Buchanan a pair of runs in his two frames and T.J. McFarland a scoreless ninth. But there wasn’t much doing on the hitting front: Arizona’s only tally came on Christian Walker’s first home-run of the pre-season in the sixth. Ketel Marte has two of Arizona’s seven hits, and Walker also walked.

It’s a split-squad day tomorrow for the Diamondbacks. They play their first road game against the Reds over at Goodyear Stadium, and also at home against the Rockies. Both games start off a little after 1pm, with Robbie Ray and Braden Shipley starting in those respective contests.