Feb 19, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Stites poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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The Arizona Diamondbacks made yet another roster move today, something that has been occurring frequently as of late. The Snakes have called up reliever Matt Stites from Triple A Reno and have optioned Tony Campana back to Triple A.

Campana got the winning hit in Wednesday’s victory over the Brewers. It seems like every time he get calls up, he is just a roster filler until someone else comes back. My colleague Tom Lynch wrote a piece talking about if Campana should get more playing time, and I have to agree with him, that he should be a regular on this club. I wanted him to be the fourth outfielder from day 1 of spring training because of the spark he provides, and the chaos he causes on the base paths. He is a great guy to have late in games in run scoring situations, and he covers alot of ground in the outfield.

The Snakes sent down Campana to make a room on the roster for Stites, who is the Dbacks top reliever prospect. It was only a matter of time before Stites was going to get called up. In 17 games he has a 2.25 era and 12 saves. He has 15 strikeouts compared to only 6 walks, and he has only allowed 13 hits. Since his promotion to Reno on May 6th, he had not allowed a run in his first 11 appearances. He is dominating Reno, and that is when teams know the player deserves a call-up. I have been wanting to see Stites in the majors for some time, and I am glad to see that he is finally wearing sedona red.

In addition to calling up Stites, and optioning Campana, Arizona also moved pitcher Daniel Hudson to the 60 day D.L.

 

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  • Rick Daniels

    It doesn’t do much good being a spark on the base paths when you are never on base. Sadly, he isn’t even marginally better than Kieschnick, who will be sent down when Trumbo returns. Based on results, do you really want Campana on the roster ahead of Peralta? Campana has blazing speed, he just needs to learn how to use it to get on base. Maybe he can learn that in the minors, but the majors is no place to learn your craft. Let him go down, learn to bunt and slap the ball around instead of hitting fly balls short of the track. Campana is a Willie Mays Hayes, and needs to hit like him.