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With the lack of news coming from the Arizona Diamondbacks, you have to wonder if maybe Jerry Colangelo gave the team the winter off after all the hard work they put in last year. Since the first of January, the Arizona Diamondbacks have posted only two transactions and neither of them were related to the product on the field. All transactions have involved the front office with Bryan Lambe being named a special assistant to the general manager, Scott Geyer was hired as vice president of broadcasting and Gina Giallonardo as the director of marketing. While these are important posts to be filled, it doesn’t especially enthuse the fans to start buying tickets to next year’s games. Given the holes and questions still surrounding the team after their premature exit from last year’s play-offs, you have to wonder if Colangelo’s heart is still based in basketball.


Two important pieces of the Diamondbacks team are getting back on track after a shortened season last year. Todd Stottlemyre has begun throwing again under doctor and trainer’s supervision. Stottlemyre has obviously been working in the weight room as he seems to have bulked up. After the first couple of days, Todd said he felt great with no pain. Him being healthy this year is going to be vital if the Diamondbacks are going to do well. This week David Dellucci was again in the valley flying in from his home in Lousiana to have his wrist checked. Trainers and doctors are enthusiastic at the progress Dellucci has made and he is now being allowed to throw and hit from a tee. He will continue hitting from a tee for a couple of weeks before moving to live pitching when spring training starts in mid-February. This is great news as Dellucci was told his career was basically over last July. Dellucci will compete for the Right Field job that is up for grabs as Tony Womack moves to Shortstop.


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