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Snake Bytes 3/24:Decisions Looming

Who will be the opening day starter? Who will be replacing Souza on the 25-man roster? These are the decisions Torey Lovullo is mulling over as the Diamondbacks finish the last few days of spring training.

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Goldschmidt Still Looking to Improve

Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt has finished in the top-three in MVP voting three of the last five seasons, and finished eleventh in one of the others. Is there more room for improvement?

No matter how productive he is on the field, Goldschmidt does not yield to complacency. His unquenchable desire to get better, even while being one of the best all-around players in MLB, is what makes him the player to watch in Arizona this season.

Lovullo Lays Out Milestones for Greinke’s Return

Greinke was unhappy with his last 60-pitch outing in an intrasquad game. Now, he has another bullpen session today, one of the milestones Lovullo has established as key to the timing of Greinke’s return to the rotation.

Lovullo Has Decisions to Make

Who is the opening day starter? Who is the team’s closer? Will Zack Greinke be on the opening day roster? These are just some of the questions that Torey Lovullo needs to answer in the next few days.

Diamondbacks Offering Military, First-Responder Discounts in 2018

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Friday that they will provide military members and first responders with discounted tickets for all home games during the 2018 season.

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Bumgarner Has Fractured Finger

The Giants’ ace will have surgery today to have pins inserted in his throwing pinky. The lefty is expected to miss three to four months.

Samardzjia Out with Strained Pectoral Muscle

In further bad news for the Giants, right hander Jeff Samardzjia will be starting the season on the DL with a strained pectoral muscle. He will be shut down for 10 days, after which he will be re-evaluated to determine when he will be able to return to the rotation.

Aaron Judge and the Rules Regarding Tampering

Aaron Judge publicly stated that Manny Machado would look good in pinstripes. The Baltimore Orioles and MLB took exception to the comment, as it is technically in violation of league anti-tampering rules. Was it really a big deal though? Should it be?