Hazen: D-backs open-minded with OF options

February 17th, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs general manager Mike Hazen said he doesn't have a specific profile in mind as the club continues to look to add an outfielder to the roster mix.

"I think we're open-minded to what that could be," Hazen said. "We're trying to figure out ways to make the team better. If it's one guy, if it's two guys and we piece that together, if it's tapping into some of the versatility we have on the roster now."

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Hazen has maintained that the team is "actively engaged" on the entire market.

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Suarez versatile

Right-hander , who the D-backs selected from the Giants in the Rule 5 Draft, will likely be stretched out to throw multiple innings this spring.

Suarez has told manager Torey Lovullo that his preference is to start, but with the rotation filled, he is looked at as a bullpen candidate.

With , who was the D-backs' multi-inning reliever last year, working his way back from a flexor strain, the team is going to at first use him for one inning before deciding whether he can pitch more than that.

If Delgado is left as a one-inning pitcher, that could increase Suarez's chances of making the team as a long man.

Owings limited but ready for Opening Day

Infielder Chris Owings had a second surgery on his hand during the offseason and will only be slightly limited when the team has its first full-squad workout Monday.

"He had to grind through an offseason and he did, and he's right on track to be ready for Opening Day," Lovullo said. "He's just starting to do full baseball activities. Our philosophy is to see that he can equip himself with every part of what he needs to when he goes out there, and once we see that in a controlled environment, then we release him for full baseball activities. In the controlled environment, we still haven't seen everything, but it's getting very close."

Speaking of position players

Lovullo said he expected all position players to be in attendance for Monday.

Most have been working out on their own at Salt River Fields for weeks now, and with that in mind, Lovullo suggested to them that they make sure they take Sunday off to give themselves a break before they officially start.