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D-backs Reinstate Jordan Pacheco From DL, Place Nick Evans On Unconditional Release Waivers

The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco from the 15-day disabled list (right shoulder tendinitis) and placed infielder/outfielder Nick Evans on unconditional release waivers, as announced by D-backs’ Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers.

Brian Garfinkel

Pacheco, 28, batted .269 (7-for-26) with a double, 6 RBI and 2 stolen bases in 8 rehab games (4 at second base and designated hitter and 1 at catcher) between Triple-A Reno and the AZL D-backs from July 14-26. Most recently, he went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and 2 runs scored on July 26 vs. Albuquerque. Pacheco is hitting .375 (3-for-8) with a double and 2 runs scored in 8 games for the D-backs since being claimed off waivers from the Rockies on June 12. In 30 games this season between the Rockies and D-backs, he is batting .250 (20-for-80) with 7 doubles and 8 RBI.

Evans, 28, hit .273 (6-for-22) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 RBI in 17 games for the D-backs. In 12 pinch-hit appearances, he hit .417 (5-for-12) with 2 doubles and 6 RBI, including his second career pinch-hit home run on July 26 vs. Phillies. The Phoenix native was the eighth Arizona-born player to appear for the D-backs. Evans, in 51 games with Reno this season, hit .354 (70-for-198) with 18 doubles, 11 home runs, 47 RBI and 42 runs scored. He was signed by the D-backs as a Minor League free agent on March 28, 2013.

The D-backs' 40-man roster is now at 37.

Looks like the news of Evans' departure for Japan was accurate, but just leaked out a little before the team and Evans were able to go public with it. Part of me thinks it's a bit of a shame Evans appeared in yesterday's game against the Phillies, drawing a pinch-hit walk in the eighth inning, because otherwise he'd probably have become a great trivia question - who was the only Diamondbacks to have a home-run as their first and last hit with the team? [Although I'm not quite sure how you'd verify that was indeed the case!]

It'll be interesting to see where Pacheco plays. He spent most of the time on his rehab assignment at second-base, with a good chunk as designated hitter, and hardly appeared behind the dish at all. One wonders whether this now opens the door for some kind of middle infield trade as we approach the deadline later this week.