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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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Questions persist whether Yasmany Tomas will be ready for opening day.

Perhaps the biggest enigma of camp is outfielder Yasmany Tomas. Coming off a 31-home run season a year and reaching a comfort level in left field, the Diamondbacks, almost reluctantly, gave the left field position to Tomas.

Though he is considered a defensive liability, Tomas’s bat, the Arizona organization believes, represents a good balance factor. Tomas is currently being evaluated for an oblique strain which will put him out of action until the final week of spring training.

There’s no question the Diamondbacks would like to see if Tomas can fill two essential elements of his game.

Manager Torey Lovullo told Venom Strikes he does not have a timetable for Tomas’ returned and cited Chris Herrmann, Jason Pridie, Gregor Blanco, Reymond Fuentes, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Kristopher Negron as able replacements.

There’s no question the Diamondbacks would like to see if Tomas can fill two essential elements of his game. First, is Tomas capable of repeating a 30-home run season, and also, has he demonstrated an improved defensive play. These are questions Arizona decision-makers would like answered during spring training, but, at this point, that will not likely happen.

For now, Tomas sits in the training room and works toward recovery. It seems, at this time, the Diamondbacks would be impatient with a possible protracted rehab period.

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