The Arizona Diamondbacks activated SS Cliff Pennington from the 15 Day D.L today, and optioned reliever Bo Schultz back to Triple A Reno. Pennington has been on the D.L since June 3rd with a torn UCL in his left thumb.
While stats don’t practically matter in rehab stint, a player always want to swing the bat well to gain confidence before returning to the majors, and Pennington did just that. In nine rehab games between the AZL Rookie League Dbacks, and Reno, he hit .406 (13-32), with a .950 OPS. He had a double, five RBI’s, and 6 runs scored in the rehab stint.
In 33 games with the Diamondbacks this season not counting tonight, Pennington hit .243, with 0 HR, 6 RBI, a .325 on percentage, and a .324 slugging percentage.
In his first game back, Pennington started at third base, and batted second. He went 2 for 5 with a run scored in a 4-3 loss to the Royals. With Cliff back, expect Jordan Pacheco and Pennington to split time at 3B, with Mark Trumbo getting most of the time at first.
Meanwhile, Schultz has played in two different stints with the big league club this season, and his second stint which ended today with the roster move didn’t go so well. He made three appearances from July 29th to August 5th, and went 0-1 with a 9.00 era.
Once he returns to Reno, he will rejoin the Aces rotation. The Aces coaching staff will likely tweak his delivery to see if that will help his location problems. He throws hard, but at the major league level that doesn’t matter if he can’t locate.
Schultz was called up because the bullpen was taxed at the time, and needed someone to eat innings. The bullpen should be well rested and ready to pitch many innings if necessary over the coming days.