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Marshall throws live BP at D-backs camp

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs right-hander Evan Marshall on Wednesday faced hitters for the first time since a nearly fatal incident Aug. 3 when he was struck in the head with a line drive while pitching for Triple-A Reno in El Paso.

Marshall was one of the D-backs pitchers who threw live batting practice with most, including Marshall, doing so behind an "L screen."

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs right-hander Evan Marshall on Wednesday faced hitters for the first time since a nearly fatal incident Aug. 3 when he was struck in the head with a line drive while pitching for Triple-A Reno in El Paso.

Marshall was one of the D-backs pitchers who threw live batting practice with most, including Marshall, doing so behind an "L screen."

Marshall, who wore a protective pad on the inside of his cap, said he tried the new Major League Baseball-approved protective cap -- called the "Half Cap" -- but did not like it.

"It was so massive that I couldn't operate without thinking about this huge thing on my head," Marshall said.

Marshall will continue to try different types of head protection this spring.

Greinke throws: Ace right-hander Zack Greinke threw live batting practice Wednesday as well.

"Really good fastball command," said Welington Castillo, who caught Greinke. "He threw four or five breaking balls. Just a little tired at the end, but we all know it's his first time throwing live BP. Great command of his fastball down and away, to both sides of the plate."

Dings and dents: Right-hander Silvino Bracho (tight groin) did not throw batting practice Wednesday and will need to be slotted back in at some point.

Infielder Joaquin Arias had some stomach issues for the second straight day and was sent to the doctor to get checked.

Closer Brad Ziegler came out of drills Wednesday because he had some leg tightness, but manager Chip Hale said Ziegler was fine.

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.

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