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“I think sometimes you can tend to coddle people too long,” Towers said. “I mean, this guy’s almost two years post-op. He threw very good in instructional ball. he’s been working his tail off here in the offseason at Chase Field. He’s a special pitcher. We’re going to do what’s right for him, but this guy’s chomping at the bit.”

Parker’s fastball hit 97 mph in workouts last fall. In a two-inning instructional league appearance, he hit 95 mph 10 times, striking out three and walking one without allowing a hit.

Parker remains a longshot in what promises to be a spirited competition for the last two rotation spots on Arizona’s opening day roster.

Towers said that it probably would be best for Parker to get a few minor league starts before being brought up to the majors.

“But I’m certainly not going to tell the kid that,” he said. “If he forces our hand and we feel he’s one of our best five and this is a guy we want to go, maybe he starts with us.”

When he finally takes the mound, expectations will be sky high, something he said he will ignore.

“I’m pretty even-keeled, laid back, so I don’t try to think about it,” Parker said. “Between the lines stuff will take care of itself, and whatever happens, happens.”