Chat Excerpts: Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall
The transcript of the entire chat is here.
JAM1: Is there any update on Randy Johnson’s recovery from back surgery?
Hall: All indications are that he is recovering very well. He should be ready for Spring Training as predicted. Having him in the rotation would really enhance an already strong group.
Geek: How much confidence do you have in Randy Johnson’s ability to stay healthy and should he go down with another injury, who would you expect to fill that rotation spot given our current pool of players?
Hall: We are both confident and hopeful. Signs are good at this point. However, our depth gives us confidence as well. With pitchers such as Edgar Gonzalez, Dustin Nippert and Yusmeiro Petit, we have talented arms that will compete.
dbacksfan01: Will the D-backs be having a Winter Caravan or Fanfest this year?
Hall: Our Hometown Tours, which is a caravan equivalent, is scheduled to head north, south, east and west on Feb. 7-8 and our Fanfest will be held here at Chase Field on Feb. 9.
Geek: What type of roles can we expect out of Jeff Salazar and Augie Ojeda? They both performed extremely well in limited time last season, and I would personally dislike seeing them stuck in an off-the-bench type of scenario.
Hall: They were obviously extremely important in last year’s success. It is nice to have that depth, and they both fit right in. They will both be in Spring Training and will be competing for jobs. Having middle infielders such as Chris Burke, Stephen Drew, Orlando Hudson and Ojeda, along with outfielders like Justin Upton, Chris Young, Eric Byrnes and Salazar is a great problem to have. A strong bench is vital, regardless of how the roster shapes up.
JAM1: Will we see a dedicated closer in 2008 or will the role be shared?
Hall: It’s too soon to tell, but Bob Melvin and Josh Byrnes have many solid arms to choose from. With Tony Pena, Chad Qualls and Brandon Lyon all in the mix, we should be in tremendous shape. It is difficult to replace 47 saves, but we have the staff to do it.
azjazzyj: With the Triple-A team moving to Reno and one of the Cactus League teams moving to the Valley, are there any plans to move the D-backs closer to home during Spring Training?
Hall: Our preference would be to stay in Tucson due to the history and the state-wide coverage. However, with the White Sox leaving and our agreement coming to an end soon, I have said publicly that we owe it to ourselves and our fans to proactively look and explore all of our options. We are beginning that due diligence now.
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