Tomas gets time off to rest sore knee

D-backs outfielder competing with Brito for starting role

Tomas gets time off to rest sore knee

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The D-backs were pleased with the extra work that Yasmany Tomas got in a B game on Sunday, but it also may have taken a toll on the outfielder, who was scratched from Monday's lineup with soreness in his left knee.

Arizona manager Chip Hale said he also plans on keeping Tomas out of Tuesday's split-squad games as well.

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"He had a lot of at-bats yesterday so I don't know if it's the extra swings he's been taking, but he's just a little sore," Hale said. "Give him a couple of days just to take a blow. Doesn't seem to be anything too serious. Just soreness."

Since it was a B game, the lineups could be manipulated so Tomas hit leadoff in each of the seven innings, going 3-for-7.

Tomas was getting the extra work after starting out the Cactus League 0-for-5.

"I think when you start off and you don't feel right, the way you think you should feel, I think it's just a matter of trying to give a guy enough at-bats to feel that way," Hale said of what Tomas was focused on with the extra work. "So I don't know if it was any certain mechanic they were working on."

Tomas is battling Socrates Brito for the starting spot in left.

Brito has gotten a lot of playing time so far in camp as he tries to build on the positive impression he made after being called up last September.

"I'm trying to find a day to give him off," Hale said of how much Brito has played. "But he's in the competition for the left field spot. It's a good competition. So it will be interesting."

Brito was 3-for-6 heading into Monday's game and made an outstanding catch while crashing into the wall against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.