[D’backs.com] Notes: Ginkel slowed; Lamb slugs; Kelly sharp - D-backs reliever Kevin Ginkel is experiencing arm fatigue, according to manager Torey Lovullo, and has had his next appearance pushed back to next week. “We’re just backing off him a little bit with a little bit of arm fatigue,” Lovullo said. “It’s kind of the normal time for things like that to pop up from time to time. He spoke up, which we want our guys to do. Nothing has been diagnosed. It’s just a matter of us pulling back a little bit at this time when we can.”
[Arizona Sports] Ahmed brothers share the infield during D-backs spring training game - What’s better than one Ahmed in the Arizona Diamondbacks infield? How about two Ahmeds. D-backs gold glove shortstop Nick Ahmed got a chance to share the infield with his brother Mike in a game against the San Diego Padres at Salt River Fields on Saturday. Nick has played six seasons with the D-backs, while Mike is playing in his first season with the organization. Mike joined Nick in the top of the fifth inning after running for Eduardo Escobar in the prior inning.
[AZ Central] Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb tweaks mechanics, explodes for three extra-base hits - Jake Lamb has been tweaking his hitting mechanics since the offseason. But after striking out on three pitches against Royals right-hander Trevor Rosenthal on Wednesday, Lamb knew something more was needed. “I really cleaned up my load and minimized my movement,” Lamb said after notching three extra-base hits on Saturday. “Even against lefties, I’ve now been seeing everything really well. When I feel myself in that launch position, heel down, I feel that I can hit anybody. “I literally faced Rosenthal the other night and knew I had no chance to hit 102 (mph). I needed to minimize some movement.”
[Arizona Sports] Merrill Kelly continues to make a case for D-backs’ starting rotation - Arizona Diamondbacks’ starting pitcher Merrill Kelly continued to improve and solidify a starting rotation spot for himself with his second start of spring training at Salt River Fields on Saturday. Kelly allowed just three hits, one walk, and two earned runs in four innings of work in a 10-5 split-squad win against the San Diego Padres. He was able to get ahead of batters consistently throughout his outing and keep runners off the base path. A triple in the third inning to Abraham Almonte – that didn’t yield a run – and a two-run home run by first basemen Ty France in the fourth inning were the only blemishes on his day.
Around the League
[CNN] Congress goes to bat for baseball’s minor league teams - On November 19, 106 members of Congress from across the aisle signed a letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Lori Trahan, a Massachusetts Democrat, and Rep. David McKinley, a Republican of West Virginia, excoriated the MLB calling the leaked proposal “radical” and said it would “undermine the health of the minor league system” and “devastate our communities.” In a statement to CNN, McKinley noted the major cultural and economic impact these teams have on small communities and said the task force’s goal is “to ensure a level playing field in the negotiations” between the MLB and MiLB. “Doing away with 42 teams is not a reasonable solution,” McKinley said. “We are hopeful that MiLB and MLB can find a compromise that will preserve the 42 MiLB teams and address MLB’s concerns.”
[ESPN] Orioles’ Trey Mancini to have non-baseball medical procedure - Baltimore outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini has left the Orioles to undergo what the team is calling “a non-baseball-related medical procedure.” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, who made the announcement after a game at Tampa Bay on Saturday, said Mancini “is going to miss some time” but didn’t say how much. The 27-year-old Mancini, who hit .291 with 35 home runs and 97 RBI in 2019, has played only five games this spring after earlier dealing with flu-like symptoms. Mancini last played on March 2, but left the game after two at-bats.