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D-backs not concerned about Tomas' slow start

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Yasmany Tomas is off to an 0-for-17 start at the plate this spring, but the D-backs do not seem concerned about their left fielder.

In fact, the numbers were news to manager Torey Lovullo.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Yasmany Tomas is off to an 0-for-17 start at the plate this spring, but the D-backs do not seem concerned about their left fielder.

In fact, the numbers were news to manager Torey Lovullo.

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"I would not have known he was 0-for-17," Lovullo said. "That's the first time I've heard that."

During the spring, teams put far more stock into how a player looks at the plate or on the mound as opposed to what his batting average or ERA is.

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On that front, Lovullo does see some things that Tomas could improve on.

"Maybe a little bit too jumpy and not seeing the ball," he said. "We got to practice patience here, swing at strikes and see the ball."

Last season, Tomas hit .272 with 31 homers and 83 RBIs.

"We feel very comfortable that last year's numbers were not a fluke," Lovullo said. "We just need him to be consistent and as good as he can be."

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

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