The Diamondbacks’ lineup will look a little less depleted on Tuesday night in Miami.
First baseman Christian Walker and outfielder Tim Locastro were reinstated from the injured list on Monday, giving the Diamondbacks back two players who were integral parts of manager Torey Lovullo’s position-player group before they were hurt.
Walker has been out since April 11 due to a strained oblique. Locastro has been out since April 17, when he dislocated his left pinky finger.
To make room on the roster, the Diamondbacks optioned outfielder Nick Heath and infielder/outfielder Andrew Young. Heath’s demotion was expected; Young’s likely was a tougher call.
Heath was acquired a little more than two weeks ago to give the Diamondbacks additional coverage in center field. However, in the time since Heath was acquired, Pavin Smith has shown an ability to handle the position, and the club also has promoted Daulton Varsho, another player capable of playing center. Heath played well defensively but had gone just 5 for 26 (.192).
Young, however, had given the Diamondbacks a big bat during his time with the big league club over the past two-plus weeks, going 3 for 9 with two walks, with all three hits being home runs. He also was hit by three pitches, giving him a .571 on-base in 14 plate appearances.
The team chose to keep both Varsho and infielder/outfielder Wyatt Mathisen over Young, perhaps because of Young’s defensive limitations.
Center fielder Ketel Marte remains on the injured list and does not appear particularly close to a return. That said, the Diamondbacks have not provided much in the way of specific details on when Marte could return.
The Diamondbacks open a three-game series against the Marlins in Miami on Tuesday night.
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