The Arizona Diamondbacks called up Didi Gergorius from Triple-A Reno replacing injured Cliff Pennington who was placed on a 15 day disabled list with a sprained ligament in his left thumb.
Gregorius, the 24 year old infielder, was hitting .310 in 226 at-bats with the Aces this season. This resulted in 14 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 25 RBIs and 47 runs scored in 57 games.
Gregorius is ranked among the Pacific Coast League in runs scored, hits, games played and triples. He also leads the PCL over the past 15 games with 25 hits and batting .373 during this time.
Gregorius played three seasons in the major leagues between the Cincinnati Reds and the Diamondbacks prior to this season. He is a career .252 hitter with 16 doubles, seven home runs, 30 RBIs and 48 runs scored in the majors.
He also made his first Opening Day roster appearance this season. Gregorius played two games in Sydney, Austrailia during the Opening Series. After this, he was optioned to Reno in March.
Gregorius began the 2013 season as one of the Diamondbacks top prospects at No. 3. He was originally acquired as part of a three team trade with the Reds and the Cleveland Indians in December 2012.
Despite playing well, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson went with Chris Owings as shortstop coming out of spring training. Switching his time between short stop and first base in Reno, this is a great chance for him to showcase his skills. Whether he will take some playing time for Owings is unclear, however it is likely he will see some time on the field during Pennington’s DL stint.
Pennington hurt his thumb during a tag attempt on San Diego Padres’ Everth Cabrera on May 27. Pennington had been hitting .243 in 74 at-bats in 33 games with the D-backs this season prior to his injury.