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Dbacks Moves: Lamb, Hernandez Return to the Bigs

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In the last two days, the Dbacks have made a pair of transactions. It’s a couple of players that are coming off injuries and have completed their rehab assignments. One of the call ups will commence a rookie’s rise to prominence. Meanwhile the other call up signals the end reward of the long rehab process that comes with Tommy John surgery.

On Saturday, the Dbacks activated Jake Lamb from the 15-Day DL. After missing six weeks due to a foot injury, Lamb returns to a slightly different Dbacks club. Trumbo is now in Seattle and Yasmany Tomas is hitting well over .300. Lamb still figures to get a majority of the time at third base, while Tomas will see time in right field.

Lamb had an electric start to 2015. At the time of his injury, Lamb had gone 12-for-29 with a homer and nine RBI. All the talk about rookies in the starting lineup goes to the Chicago Cubs. However, with Lamb’s return, the Dbacks will be starting three rookies in their starting lineup on most nights.

To compensate the move, Jordan Pacheco was designated for assignment. Pacheco was hitting .242 with a couple of home runs and 8 RBI. Pacheco had learned the catcher’s position before 2015, but the acquisitions of Welington Castillo and Jarrod Saltalamacchia made Pacheco expendable. Pacheco isn’t a slam dunk to clear waivers, either.

After a lengthy rehab process due to Tommy John surgery, David Hernandez is finally back in the majors. The last time Hernandez pitched in a major league game was September 29, 2013. In his time with the Dbacks, Hernandez has 15 saves to his name. His career year came in 2012 when he sported a sparkling 2.50 ERA in 72 appearances. It appears that Hernandez will receive a chance to reclaim his position in the bullpen.

Dominic Leone has had a rough start with the Arizona organization. I say organization and not team, because he was assigned to AA Mobile to make up for the Hernandez promotion. Leone blew a lead and surrendered three runs in his only Dbacks appearance. He is 0-5 with a 8.03 ERA and needs a trip to Alabama to work on some issues.

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