De La Rosa comes full circle

De La Rosa comes full circle

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jorge De La Rosa is hoping the third time around he will get a chance to pitch in the Major Leagues for the D-backs.

Signed to a Minor League deal Sunday, De La Rosa said that he chose the D-backs because he believes they have a chance to win.

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"I have always liked this team, and I like the talent we have here," De La Rosa said. "I know we can do some really good things. That's why I chose to be here."

De La Rosa signed with the D-backs out of Monterrey, Mexico, in 1998. His contract was later purchased by Boston from Monterrey's Mexican League team in 2001 and traded back to Arizona as part of the deal that sent Curt Schilling to the Red Sox in '03. De La Rosa was traded to the Brewers a few days later. Milwaukee dealt him to Kansas City in '06, and he was traded to Colorado in '08.

Worth noting

• After not being able to get onto the fields Saturday or Sunday due to rain, the D-backs hitters faced pitchers in live batting practice under sunny skies Monday.

"We basically caught up in one day," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "We asked for a little bit extra and these guys responded today. It was a great day."

Greinke throwing at own pace

• Ace Zack Greinke threw a side session rather than face hitters as he continues to be brought along at his own pace this spring. Greinke, manager Torey Lovullo reiterated, is completely healthy, but is proceeding slower than the other pitchers.

• Catcher Chris Herrmann is still day-to-day after being hit on the foot with a pitch Sunday.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.