After missing so much time last year on the disabled list with a hip injury, Diamondbacks veteran outfielder Cody Ross was placed on the 15 day D.L today because of a left calf strain. Ross was replaced on the Major League a Roster by Triple A outfielder Alfredo Marte who has been with the big league club before. The Dbacks 40 man roster is at 38 right now.
Ross spent most of spring training and the firs three weeks of the season recovering from last years severe hip injury. He returned to the Dbacks April 18th and hasn’t been very productive. Ross is just not what he used to be, and it’s partly because of his age. Ross, 33 is hitting .238 with five doubles, two home runs, and eleven RBI’s in 66 games this season. However, in his last 25 games he is batting .358.
Ross has sustained several injuries in his career. He first suffered the injury before the All Star Break and he hoped that the days off would help calm it down. After leading off the bottom of the second on Saturday night with a single, he felt his calf pull and he was eventually taken out of the Dbacks 9-3 victory over the Cubs in the top of the third.
Meanwhile Marte has had a lot of success in the minors but hasn’t been able to translate his success to the big leagues. So far in 2014 with the Reno Aces he is batting .327 with 11 HR and 45 RBI’s. In comparison in 22 at bats at the major league level he is batting .227.