2/9/2014 3:47 P.M. ET
D-backs likely to go with five outfielders on roster
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Much can change before the D-backs set their season-opening roster, but as it stands right now, it looks like the team will carry five outfielders, six infielders and two catchers.
As far as the infield goes, Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hill, Martin Prado, Eric Chavez and Cliff Pennington are all but locks, with Pennington set to back up either Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings at shortstop.
Miguel Montero will be the starting catcher, with Henry Blanco and Tuffy Gosewisch battling for the backup role.
With outfielder Cody Ross looking like he might be healthy for Opening Day, and Gerardo Parra, Mark Trumbo and A.J. Pollock locks for the roster, it leaves one spot open, with Tony Campana, Alfredo Marte, Matt Tuiasosopo and Shelley Duncan among the candidates.
Given that Ross is coming back from a dislocated and fractured right hip, the D-backs are leaning toward carrying a fifth outfielder rather than another backup infielder.
"Probably more an outfielder than an infielder, just because Cody, I think if he is healthy and ready to go, we're not going to want to overdo it with him right off the bat," Towers said.
Tuiasosopo's versatility could work in his favor, as he can also play third base as well as first.
No announcement yet on D-backs' opening starters
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- While the Dodgers have already announced that they will start Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in their opening series with the D-backs on March 22-23 in Sydney, Australia, the D-backs will wait a while before deciding on their pitchers.
"I think their rotation has probably been a little bit more set the last couple of years," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said. "I'm sure it won't be long before we come out and announce who it is."
It would seem likely that left-hander Patrick Corbin would start one of the games, but the D-backs will weigh several factors, including which pitchers might be able to recover from the jet lag that could be involved in the trip.
In addition, the D-backs want new pitching coach Mike Harkey to get a firsthand look at his pitchers so that he can have input in the decision.
"In due time we will," Towers said. "But I don't think we're ready yet."
D-backs moving on from fracas, pool incident
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- They are the only two teams that have opened Spring Training, and they will meet each other in a regular-season opening series March 22-23 in Australia.
And, oh yeah, they were involved in a nasty fracas last year that left both teams feeling the other was in the wrong. The Dodgers also irritated the D-backs with the way they celebrated clinching the National League West title last year by jumping in the Chase Field pool.
So it's only natural that D-backs general manager Kevin Towers was asked for his thoughts about the status of his team's relationship with Dodgers.
"They're the defending NL West champs," Towers said. "The status is that we want to win the division. It's no different than the way we approached it when the Giants won the division. We talked a lot about it this offseason, even with some of our players. The way our players feel is last year is last year. We need to turn the page. It's not going to fuel us anymore to kind of bring up what happened. What we need to do is on the field. Less talk, just go out and perform and beat them head to head. If you're able to beat them head to head, you've kind of accomplished what you wanted to do vs. talking about what took place last year with the brawl or what happened in the pool."
At the time of the incident, the Dodgers were in last place, while the D-backs led the division. Not long after, L.A. went on a 42-8 run, and Arizona was never able to recover.
"A lot of it probably had to do with frustration," Towers said. "We led the division, I think, more days than they did last year. Maybe the way they went about things wasn't the way we probably would have gone about things, but hey, that's who they are and that's who we are. It's probably frustration that they took the division lead from us and never looked back. They went one way and we went the other."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.