Hale sees progress from Cahill, Bradley

Hale sees progress from Cahill, Bradley

MESA, Ariz. -- D-backs manager Chip Hale said he liked what he saw from Trevor Cahill and Archie Bradley on Tuesday during their outings against the A's.

The right-handers are both competing for a spot in the Arizona starting rotation.

"Trevor threw some good pitches," Hale said. "He was up a little bit early on and got a little bit quick, but the second inning was really good. His stuff was pretty good. There was some progress."

Cahill, who is trying to get used to using a new arm angle this spring, allowed one run on four hits over two innings.

"First inning, I kind of got some jitters out, and then I was able to kind of calm down. I think the best thing was I was able to get some offspeed [pitches] over for strikes, which was tough last game," Cahill said. "With the different arm slot, I just had to set my sights a little different, so I was able to kind of figure out where to aim it to get it over for a strike."

Bradley, who was dominant in his first outing, walked two and allowed one run on one hit in his 2 1/3 innings.

"I felt like I threw the ball well," Bradley said. "A little uncomfortable out of the stretch, but overall I felt like I threw the ball very well."

Bradley has focused on working at a better pace this spring, something he has done well at in his first two appearances.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.