Trio of D-backs still competing at shortstop

March 27th, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The battle to see who will be the D-backs' Opening Day shortstop is still ongoing, manager Torey Lovullo said Sunday.

Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed and are in the running, though it likely will come down to Owings and Ahmed.

Owings has shined at the plate this spring hitting .375, while Ahmed is known more for his defense.

"That'll probably be the last decision we make," Lovullo said.

Tomas returns from injury

Outfielder (oblique strain) saw his first Cactus League action since March 6 and went 1-for-1 with a walk and an RBI sacrifice fly in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Indians.

Tomas entered the day 0-for-17 in Cactus League action.

Ray ejected in fourth inning

D-backs starter Robbie Ray was ejected by home plate umpire Bill Miller after Ray struck out at the plate to end the fourth inning.

"He's the umpire, he's going to call strikes and balls the way he wants to," said Ray, who declined to reveal the details of the argument. "That's just the way it is."

Ray was scheduled to at least start the fifth inning, but instead went to the bullpen and threw additional pitches.

"I think it was the typical situation where an athlete was just a little bit frustrated and the umpire had enough," said Lovullo, who had a lengthy discussion with Miller after Ray's ejection. "I just thought it was a little premature."

Belichick visits camp

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was in camp Sunday morning as a guest of chief baseball analyst Tony La Russa. He briefly addressed the team prior to the game.

"Sometimes you can't make things up in baseball, where you have probably one of the greatest coaches of all time walk through the office," Lovullo said. "And as I pick myself up off of the ground after I saw who it was, I asked him to say a few words. He did. He delivered a great message of unity."