The roster for the Arizona Diamondbacks has been a revolving door during the 2009 season. The team has been decimated by injury and has seen no fewer than six players make their major league debut since Opening Day. The team made another moved today activating outfielder Justin Upton off the disabled list and sending left-handed pitcher Daniel Schlereth down to Triple-A Reno.
Schlereth will most likely only be in Reno for a week and will be recalled when rosters expand in September. It was somewhat surprising to see Upton activated so quickly. He began a minor league rehab assignment on Monday going 0-3 for Visalia following that up with a second game last night where he went 2-5 including a grand slam.
Interesting factoid, the Visalia Rawhide were playing the San Jose Giants in San Jose last night. As part of the game San Jose identifies one player on the opposing team as the “beer guy”. If the “beer guy” strikes out, beers are half price for the next 15 minutes. Justin Upton was identified as the “beer guy” in last night’s game. After getting two strikes, Upton hit the next pitch for a grand slam extending Visalia’s lead and making beer full price for the remainder of the game. My guess is that Justin Upton is not a fan favorite in San Jose.
The activation of Upton was necessary due to Mark Reynolds continued sickness. For the third straight day Reynolds was out of the line-up with flu-like symptoms, which have caused him to lose 12 pounds in three days.
Shortstop Stephen Drew remains with the team but is one phone call away from catching a flight back to Georgia to be with his wife who is expecting the couple’s first child. This has made things a little difficult on Diamondbacks manager AJ Hinch as he has no idea who may be available from day-to-day. The roster expansion on September 1st cannot come soon enough for the Arizona Diamondbacks.