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This week in Diamondbacks: three weeks to go

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Mar 11, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann (10) high fives third baseman Jake Lamb (22) and shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann (10) high fives third baseman Jake Lamb (22) and shortstop Nick Ahmed (13) after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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The Diamondbacks had another largely uneventful week in spring training last week. No major headlines were made, but several positional battles are being sorted out.

  • Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta went down on Monday with a torn thumb ligament. He will be out until at least June. This has led to speculation as to whether the Diamondbacks and Cardinals could work out a trade for a middle-infielder.
  • The Diamondbacks have yet to name their middle-infield starters. It seems apparent that Jean Segura, who is 10-for-16 in five spring training games, will start at either shortstop or second base. Nick Ahmed has played much better than Chris Owings; Ahmed is 8-for-21 with a home run and six RBI in seven games while Owings is 6-for-21 with no home runs and two RBI in seven games.
  • Zack Greinke kept rolling with three scoreless innings on Wednesday. Fellow offseason acquisition Shelby Miller did not fare as well; he allowed a run, four hits, one walk and a wild pitch in three innings against the Dodgers on Thursday.
  • Socrates Brito is giving Yasmany Tomas a run for his money in the outfield. Brito is 9-for-20 this spring with a home run and five RBI in seven Cactus League games. Tomas has yet to record a hit in five spring at-bats.
  • Robbie Ray has been spectacular this spring training, allowing just three hits and a walk in five shutout innings. Despite this performance– and his 3.52 ERA last year– Ray has yet to be named the No. 5 starter. He is competing with Archie Bradley, who has allowed four runs in 7.2 innings this spring.

That’s all for this week, folks. Be sure to keep tabs with Venom Strikes on Facebook and Twitter for all of your Diamondbacks news and commentary.

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