D-backs slate Tomas for first spring start in outfield

Lamb's emergence could give him nod at third base over Cuban

D-backs slate Tomas for first spring start in outfield

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Yasmany Tomas will get his first look in the outfield during a Cactus League game Monday as he is scheduled to start in right field for the D-backs against the White Sox.

Tomas, signed as a free agent out of Cuba to a $68.5 million contract this past offseason, has played only third base so far this spring. Though Tomas was primarily an outfielder in Cuba, the D-backs are hoping he can handle the hot corner, thus freeing up an outfield spot.

Tomas' defense has drawn mixed reviews thus far, and the team has been impressed with third-base prospect Jake Lamb.

With that in mind, Tomas will play both third and outfield over the next couple of weeks.

"I think Tomas is improving at third," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "I think Lamb is showing us he's a possible Gold Glove-caliber third baseman. And we have pretty good outfielders. There's going to be a lot of competition down the stretch."

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