When the Arizona Diamondbacks opened Spring Training in Tucson, they were looking for a fifth starter to fall in behind Dan Haren, Brandon Webb, Edwin Jackson, and Ian Kennedy. During the 2009 season there were several pitchers who auditioned for that role none of them successfully.

The Diamondbacks identified several candidates they would be evaluating this spring including Bryan Augenstein, Billy Buckner, Kevin Mulvey, and non-roster invitee Rodrigo Lopez. Each of these players were told they would be given a fair chance to compete for the final spot.

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