It seems as though it was many months ago (it was only 3 1/2) that the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. You might have forgotten about him since there was a lot of other news the D’backs made about a month later. Yet, here it is today the first Spring Training game and in the starting lineup at designated hitter is the 27-year old Tuiasosopo.
Granted, it is the first game of Spring Training and Cliff Pennington is starting at shortstop as opposed to the guy who will be there on Opening Day. With Cody Ross still working his way back from a hip injury, it is not surprising that the former Tiger is starting at DH. However, maybe you can look a little deeper and make the argument that if the team decides to keep an extra bench player, Tuiasosopo could be the with the big club as opposed to Alfredo Marte and Tony Campana. Working in his favor is that he possesses the versatility this organization craves as he is a corner infielder as well as a left fielder. After not being in the Majors for three full seasons, Matty was a decent role player on the AL Central-winning Tigers. In 164 at-bats, he hit seven home runs with 30 RBI’s and a slash line of .244/.351/.415.
Today is all about the first day of real, live baseball since late October. For Matt Tuiasosopo, today is the first day to show another organization that he is worthy of playing for them.