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Resetting the Diamondbacks shortstop depth chart with the injury to Chris Owings, Ketel Marte mourning the death of his mother, and the acquisition of Adam Rosales in the last 36 hours

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With the recent turn of events, the Diamondbacks deep position group is suddenly at the bottom of the depth chart.

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Coming into the season, the Diamondbacks had both Chris Owings and Nick Ahmed as the top shortstops in the organization. If needed, they also had Ketel Marte, Jack Reinheimer, Domingo Leyba, and Ildemaro Vargas on the 40-man roster in case they needed help. Unfortunately a borderline unprecedented series of events in the last 5 weeks have completely depleted the organization's middle infield depth, particularly at the shortstop position. Injuries and family-related deaths will leave the Diamondbacks dangerously thin at the position for at least a week.

Owings and Ahmed will miss significant time due to fractured bones in their hand after getting hit by a pitch by a Cardinals pitcher. Ahmed should be back when the rosters expand in September, but Owings will likely be out until the postseason if he even does return in 2017. Vargas is dealing with a hand/wrist injury that's kept him out of action for the last week and Leyba is out for the rest of the season due to shoulder surgery after suffering a bad shoulder injury at the end of Spring Training and re-injuring it after 3 weeks of action at AA Jackson. With an opportunity for Ketel Marte to get the chance to cement the everyday shortstop job, his mother was involved in a bad car accident and later died from the injuries from that. With Marte off to the Dominican Republic to help lay his mother to rest, which we all at the Snake Pit send our condolences towards, the Diamondbacks had only 1 available shortstop on the 40-man roster: Jack Reinheimer.

With the need to acquire middle infield depth, the Dbacks went out and made a minor trade for A's infielder Adam Rosales. Rosales is a journeyman utility infielder who's played for the Reds, Rangers, A's, and Padres amongst other teams. He's not much of a hitter and isn't a quality defender, which is why the cost to land him was struggling prospect Jeferson Mejia, a lottery ticket. The Diamondbacks have a pair of 25-man roster spots open with Owings on the 60-Day DL and Marte on the bereavement list, so it's possible the two players to fit those spots are Rosales and Reinheimer. Where Rosales is particularly useful may be against left-handed pitching, where he's put up an OPS better than .800 the previous two seasons. Rosales can help at 3B against lefties and at SS against matchups the Dbacks don't want Reinheimer in. Rosales makes sense as an immediate stop gap and cheap depth as the team should get a look at Reinheimer.

It remains to be seen, but the Diamondbacks did not announce a corresponding move to Marte being placed on the bereavement list. The most obvious guess would be recalling Reinheimer from AAA and seeing what he can do for a week. Reinheimer projects as an above average to plus defender at shortstop, even though his bat isn't anything special. The team doesn't have to make a move today, but keep an eye on his name on the Aces lineup. If he's not in the lineup, we can speculate that he's gotten the call. Reinheimer should be a sufficient enough stopgap at SS while Marte is mourning the loss of his mother.