02/25/2013 7:14 PM ET
Bloomquist aims to increase comfort level in outfield
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The first fly ball Willie Bloomquist saw in the outfield Monday was hit hard and right into the sun.
Bloomquist turned the wrong way, turned back again and the ball fell in over his head for a double.
"The sun was kind of tough out there on the first ball," he said. "I think there's a pretty good chance I catch it, if I can see it. It's one of those balls where there's really not much you can do. I didn't go back on it all that great, but I still think I can make that catch, if I see it. But that's all part of being out there and part of getting out there in spring and getting those kinks out there early."
Last season, Bloomquist was in an infield position in all all but two games. He played one game in left and one in right, and did not get a fly ball hit to him.
This year, Bloomquist could see more time in the outfield -- he's played 322 games there in his career -- and even more immediately as a member of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
"That's not an easy one," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said of the ball that fell. "That's one of the reasons we put him out there -- so he gets some comfort. Next time he'll be more comfortable out there."
Delgado lacks control in first spring start
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Randall Delgado would certainly like a do-over after his first outing as a member of the D-backs.
The right-hander, who was acquired in the trade that sent Justin Upton to the Braves, allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits on Monday, lasting just one inning in his first start of spring.
"I felt physically ready, but obviously a little bit out of control, missing location," Delgado said. "I was leaving the ball a little bit up. I felt good in the bullpen. When I got into the game, I felt out of control."
Delgado is competing with Tyler Skaggs and Patrick Corbin for the fifth spot in the rotation.
"He didn't have very good command of his pitches, and it seems like when his pitches are down, they move more, and gets them up, they straighten out," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He didn't look like he had much confidence in his secondary pitches. He's got a really good changeup. He didn't stay with that. Breaking ball was not really sharp."
Delgado will have plenty of time to make a better impression, though he'll have to do it in a relief role. He is slated to follow Wade Miley on the mound on March 2.
"It's normal. The first time, you're not going to be comfortable," he said. "I just try to keep focus for the next one."