MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT

National League West

San Diego Padres manager Andy Green discusses slowing down the pace and moving away from the accelerated pitching schedule of previous seasons.

Zack Greinke takes wait-and-see attitude to Chase Field humidor. The 34-year-old pitcher is entering his 15th major league season, is in the third year of the six-year, $206.5 million contract he signed with Arizona, a deal that uses up a big chunk of the team’s payroll. Greinke, who on Thursday threw his first official bullpen session of Diamondback’s camp, is taking a different approach to this year despite a very successful season last year.

Gerardo Parra undergoes hand surgery. The 30-year-old outfielder originally broke into the major leagues back in 2009 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Parra was shipped to the Milwaukee Brewers midway through 2014 then splitting the 2015 campaign between the Brewers and Baltimore Orioles, Parra now has spent two seasons with the Rockies. Parra most recently appeared in 115 regular-season games in 2017 while compiling 392 at-bats in all. During that same span, he hit .309 with 10 home runs and 71 RBIs alongside a .341 on-base percentage.NL champion Dodgers getting started again with a familiar five. With Yu Darvish leaving for the Cubs, the LA Dodgers still have a championship rotation. Three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and seven-time All-Star Clayton Kershaw had a team-high 27 starts plus five more in the postseason. Rich Hill, Alex Wood and Kenta Maeda each had 25 starts, and Hyun-Jin Ryu 24. Look for the Dodgers to win the NL West agian.

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