"Thought we needed to do it, so hopefully we can do it at least once more,” said Roenicke to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But as much as he gets out there, it will help. There’s some pitchers that we still want him to catch and if we can get through those then maybe some other days we can get him over there again."
Lucroy was happy to finally be back on the field.
"I've been doing a little bit out there every day," Lucroy said. "Taking some grounders and stuff to stay sharp over there."
"He’s improving all the time from what we’ve seen," said manager Ron Roenicke, per Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel. "When he first came here, he maybe wasn’t comfortable. It’s hard when you change teams, and he’s trying to impress. He’s a nice player; will be a nice backup for us."
Centeno is hitting .400 for the Brewers this spring.
"You just keep playing and try not to look into things, because it's impossible," Lalli said per MLB.com's Steve Gilbert. "I feel like if you do your job on the field, that's all you can do for sure. I know it sounds cliche, but it's true. I try not to pay attention to decisions that aren't mine. ... You can look around and see and kind of figure you're in it."
They optioned Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A, while reassigning Deolis Guerra, Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Leesman, Brad Lincoln, Steve Lombardozzi, Brent Morel, Gustavo Nunez , Deibinson Romero, Jose Tabata, Sebastian Valle and Josh Wall to minor-league camp.
"I think he's going to play some outfield (once the minor league season starts) and catching isn't out of the question, but we're still talking internally to figure out what's best for him," farm director Mike Bell said.
While the team has been reluctant to publicly acknowledge O'Brien's catching issues, he's unlikely to be the long-term answer behind the plate, as general manager Dave O'Brien reportedly indicated in January. The Diamondbacks figure to roll with Tuffy Gosewisch as the team's primary catcher unless an addition is made.
The other players reassigned to minor-league camp were pitchers Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, Gonzalez Germen and Francisley Bueno, infielder Chris Valaika, outfielders Albert Almora, Mike Baxter and Adron Chambers.
“I was starting too late, instead of starting early and being easy with it,” Norris said of his leg kick, per U-T San Diego. “I was being late and quick with it, so it caused a lot of head movement, not recognizing pitches well enough. So I’m just trying to slow the game down and just let my natural ability take place.
“(I've been) just a little jumpy. When you’re a little bit jumpy, it just means you’re late. For me, my leg kick, getting it up early, getting it down, so when your lead foot hits, that’s when you can start to fire and hit. Whenever it’s late, then you have to rush and it all gets out of whack. So just get it up early, nice and easy, and it’s been a lot better the last few days.”
Norris added learning a new pitching staff might have also contributed to his slow start.
“My priority’s definitely getting to know these guys on the mound," he said. "That’s No. 1. Obviously, everybody would love to go 4 for 4 every day. In my case, controlling a pitching staff and getting to know these guys is priority No. 1, and I definitely put that ahead of everything else, ahead of hitting, ahead of weightlifting.”