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Wilmer Flores was officially reactivated by the Diamondbacks Thursday after spending almost two months out of commission with a fractured right foot, but he wasn’t in the starting lineup for the Thursday opening of Arizona’s four-game homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday that he was planning to manage his crowded infield by saving Flores for left-handed pitchers. Flores is batting .281 overall, but according to Baseball Savant, the right-hander is topping .300 against southpaws.

Lovullo said that wasn’t his reasoning behind not starting Flores Thursday.

“I have not yet seen him… I just want to connect with Wilmer, see him, say hello to him, make sure he’s healthy, and then draw up some game plans and a strategy for how all these guys are going to get in the lineup,” Lovullo said.

Still, with Zach Davies starting on the mound for Milwaukee, the team followed the plan Lovullo described on Wednesday. They put Eduardo Escobar in Flores’ customary position at second base and slid Jake Lamb in at third to bat against the right-handed Brewers pitcher.

Flores’ call-up means the return of first baseman Kevin Cron to Triple-A Reno. Cron put up a three-run homer Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ 19-run victory over the Texas Rangers. He’s batting .207 this season, but 9 of his 12 hits have reached extra bases.

“He did his job, it’s just the nature of his spot right now,” Lovullo said. “It’s a little bit frustrating to him, I know… but it’s more about Wilmer getting healthy right now and joining us, which we’re super excited about.”

All-Star Ketel Marte returns home

Thursday marked the Diamondbacks first home game since the All-Star Break, which featured Ketel Marte’s first career All-Star appearance. Marte was voted in as a starter at second base and put up a double against the Minnesota Twins’ Jose Berrios.

“It felt great,” Marte said. “… Having fun with Nolan Arenado and Clayton Kershaw, it’s something special. After I hit that double, I looked to the dugout and everybody was smiling.”

The Diamondbacks played five games on the road since the break, ending the trip with a 19-4 rout of the Rangers on Wednesday. That very nearly topped the franchise record for runs scored in a single game; the mark currently sits at 20, hit last year against the San Diego Padres.

“We’re good,” Marte said. “I keep saying, we’re good. We’ve got the talent, we’re just looking for winning a game… We just have to continue to work, work hard every day.”

Injury updates

There’s good news for the Diamondbacks rotation depth: Some injured pitchers are on the mend. Right-handed hurler Taijuan Walker has not yet resumed baseball activity, but right-handed pitcher Jon Duplantier, who was placed on the injured list June 12 with right shoulder inflammation, was scheduled to throw for the Class-A team in Visalia Thursday night for around three innings and 45 pitches.

Additionally, right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver threw out to 75 feet Wednesday. 

“We’re super encouraged by that, that he’s got a ball in his hands and he’s feeling pretty good,” Lovullo said. “And we’ll have some follow-up imaging next week at some point to find out where he’s at.”

Catcher Blake Swihart began his rehab assignment in Visalia Wednesday, getting four at-bats as the designated hitter.

Short hops

  • Lovullo’s son and Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich’s brother played baseball together growing up. “For me, it’s still the 15-year-old Christian Yelich that I watched growing up in Southern California… I’ve been watching Christian play baseball for a very long time, and he was always very good and very gifted,” Lovullo said.
  • Before the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks sat 1.5 games back of a playoff spot. Thursday, they find themselves just half a game shy of a National League Wild Card berth.

Reach reporter Julia Stumbaugh at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @julia_stumbaugh.

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