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A.J. Pollock plays in minor league game, eyes Opening Day

Arizona Diamondbacks star center fielder A.J. Pollock expects to be ready for Opening Day after testing his sore right elbow in a minor league game Thursday.

Pollock told reporters that he "felt pretty good" after swinging a bat in a game for the first time since March 8. The All-Star went 0-for-4 in the contest and struck out twice but was happy to take the next step in his rehab process.

"It's good to get some at-bats," Pollock told reporters. "There's a couple of things I have to work on. But overall, just getting out there and being another step toward getting back with the squad is always a positive."

Pollock, who is coming off a breakthrough 2015 season, was asked how many spring-training at-bats he will need to be ready for the regular season.

"I'm a big believer in the mind, and I think that's a bigger deal than actually stepping in there and physically getting at-bats," he said, according to the Arizona Republic. "I know everyone, coaches and everyone, wants me to get a certain number of at-bats. I'm working toward something."

Pollock, 28, batted .315 with 20 home runs, 76 RBIs, 111 runs scored and 39 stolen bases -- all career highs -- last season. The Diamondbacks open the 2016 season against the Colorado Rockies on April 4.