It’s a much more experimental treatment than TJ, though not utterly unknown: Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney have had it, though Heaney ended up needing surgery anyway. All going well, he’ll also return to the team as a reliever, even though he has been almost exclusively a starter of late, appearing in that role for all but four of his 64 appearances over the last three seasons.He doesn’t seem to mind: “I’m comfortable anywhere It’s not the same, but it’s still the game. If they need me in the bullpen, I’ll be in the bullpen to help the team.” It’s a seductive idea.And there are often wide-open Spring Training battles to be joined and won.Plenty of relievers signed minor-league deals last winter.
• Manager Torey Lovullo said that reliever Jimmie Sherfy also had the stomach flu and had spent the past two nights in the hospital receiving fluids to get rehydrated. If healthy, the team plans to shift De La Rosa from a starter to a reliever, believing it will be less taxing on his elbow.Worth noting • Patrick Corbin, who threw two scoreless innings in his first start of the spring Monday, could find himself in the bullpen if he doesn't win a spot in the Arizona rotation, but the lefty isn't focused strictly on starting.PHOENIX -- A familiar face was back in the D-backs clubhouse Friday night as the club selected the contract of right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A while placing reliever J. Hoover on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.To make room for De La Rosa on the 40-man roster, the D-backs designated Double-A catcher Oscar Hernandez for assignment.