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Diamondbacks’ Zac Gallen: Sharp third time out

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Zac Gallen

Arizona Diamondbacks • #23 • SP

  • Gallen allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four over 4.1 scoreless innings in Sunday’s Cactus League start against the Angels. Gallen threw 58 pitches (34 strikes) in his third Cactus League start and had to pitch into the fifth inning to get the count up that high. The right-hander said Sunday was the best he’s felt this spring, per Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Gallen will get one more spring start that should prepare him for the pitch-count range he’ll need to be at for Opening Day.
  • Diamondbacks’ Blaze Alexander: Makes case for roster Alexander started at designated hitter and went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday’s spring game against Texas.Alexander is still hanging around major-league camp and can’t be ruled out of a spot on the Opening Day roster. There isn’t an everyday home for the prospect, but the infielder is batting .400 with five extra-base hits and three stolen bases through 18 Cactus League games. If he can handle multiple positions and the Diamondbacks are fine with him not getting regular at-bats, Alexander could be added to the roster. He’s appeared in games at second base (12), third base (three), designated hitter (two) and shortstop (one).
  • Diamondbacks’ Elvis Andrus: Starts at shortstop Andrus started at shortstop and went 1-for-3 in Saturday’s spring game against the Rangers.With Geraldo Perdomo (knee) still day-to-day, Andrus was given the starting nod Saturday. Perdomo’s been out since Tuesday, but manager Torey Lovullo does not feel the injury will impact his availability for Opening Day. Given that, the Diamondbacks are trying to settle on a backup at shortstop, and the non-rostered Andrus has the most experience at the position. Arizona is also giving the currently rostered Jace Peterson and Emmanuel Rivera innings there, and the club may want prospects Blaze Alexander and Jordan Lawlar to get regular at-bats in the minors. This was Andrus’ third Cactus League appearance and second at short — he’s also played third base.
  • Diamondbacks’ Ryne Nelson: Works around walks Nelson allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three over 3.2 innings in Saturday’s spring start against the Rangers.Nelson may have sewn up the fifth starter job with this effort. The three walks were the most he’s allowed in five Cactus League starts, but he managed to work out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning. He was pulled from the game in the fourth inning only to come back and start the fifth, giving him five up-and-downs and a pitch count of 78, per Michael McDermott of SI.com. Both Nelson and Tommy Henry will get one more spring start before a decision is made as to which one will fill out the rotation.
  • Diamondbacks’ Jose Castillo: Tests come back clean Castillo is day-to-day after tests on his left hand came back negative, Theo Mackie of The Arizona Republic reports.Castillo was struck in the hand by a comebacker during a Cactus League appearance Saturday, but he’s managed to escape with just a contusion. The 28-year-old is trying to win a bullpen job as a non-roster invitee and has pitched well this spring, allowing two runs with a 6:1 K:BB over seven innings.

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