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Arizona Diamondbacks: Five story lines from spring training

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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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No concern on the lack of velocity of Zack Greinke’s fastball.

So far in camp, the health of those in consideration for spots in the starting rotation is not an issue. All appear healthy and ready for the championship season to begin.

What could be a concern is the velocity attributed to some pitchers, and that’s of important concern regarding Zack Greinke. Coming off a 13-7 season and an ERA of 4.37 in 26 starts, including nearly a month and one-half on the disabled list, a stellar comeback from Greinke is mandatory if the Diamondbacks are to climb into contention for National League West honors.

..there is growing concern that Greinke does not have movement on his pitches

So far this spring, manager Torey Lovullo held Greinke back from his first start and told Venom Strikes that Greinke is on target to commence the season as Arizona’s opening day pitcher.

That may be good news to his teammates, but there is growing concern that Greinke does not have movement on his pitches and despite pin-point control, his 90-per-hour fastball is red meat to hitters.

With about two to three starts before his opening day assignment, there’s seems to be little concern. Lovullo told Venom Strikes that Greinke’s work ethic and preparation remain impeccable.

At this point, the organization has no issue with Greinke’s personal formula to get ready for the championship season just ahead. The speed of his fastball appears of no concern to decision-makers.

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