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Arizona Diamondbacks: Five story lines from spring training

By Mark Brown
Sep 30, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) at bat in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) at bat in the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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Five compelling stories are facing the Arizona Diamondbacks in spring training. With just over two weeks left, decisions are forthcoming.

The debate persists on the value of playing the World Baseball Classic. The Arizona Diamondbacks were honored with the selection of nine players to seven WBC teams, and things seem to have worked out well.

After Team Italy was eliminated earlier this week, infielder Daniel Descalso returned to the Diamondbacks’ spring camp at Salt River with an entirely new perspective. After Italy dropped a 4-3 decision to Venezuela and eliminated from the tournament, Descalso was immediately inserted in Thursdays Arizona lineup against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Still in WBC competition is Paul Goldschmidt with Team USA, Fernando Rodney with Team Dominican Republic and Reymond Fuentes with Team Puerto Rico.

With their collective absence, that could be regarded as a disruption in preparation for the season ahead, but manager Torey Lovullo told Venom Strikes that participation in the tournament cannot be placed with a value judgment.

"We miss having these players around and they are part of our team. We’d like them to be here but also recognize the importance of playing for national pride."

While Descalso returned to the Diamondbacks in time for Thursday’s game with the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale, he quickly slammed a two-run homer in the third in the Diamondbacks’ 8-5 defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale.

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