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Reliever Barrett slowed by stiffness in shoulder

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Barrett, one of the leading candidates for a spot in the D-backs' bullpen, has been bothered this spring by shoulder stiffness and has yet to throw a bullpen session.

Barrett threw a couple of bullpens prior to camp opening before experiencing the stiffness.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Barrett, one of the leading candidates for a spot in the D-backs' bullpen, has been bothered this spring by shoulder stiffness and has yet to throw a bullpen session.

Barrett threw a couple of bullpens prior to camp opening before experiencing the stiffness.

"Just a little stiffness, didn't feel right so I shut it down, got an MRI and it's perfectly fine," said Barrett, who has recently begun playing catch again.

The team said the MRI showed no structural damage.

"He's obviously a little bit behind," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "He's in a throwing progression and as far as his ramp-up timing, we're not sure at this point in time, but we're going to take it day by day. Knowing that he's a reliever, getting him ramped up is not as big of a challenge for someone who is a starter. We feel like he could catch up, but the timeline is yet undetermined."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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