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Arizona Diamondbacks select Kristopher Negron, option Socrates Brito

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A tweak of the bench, ahead of the road trip to San Francisco and Colorado

San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

There haven’t been many roster moves for the Diamondbacks this season which have been the result of anything other than injury, but this appears likely to be one. Brito came up on May 22, when Steven Souza went (back) in the disabled list, but over his eight games has done little to justify a roster spot. Socrates has gone 2-for-17, with no extra-base hits or walks, for an OPS of .235. It was a bit of a surprise when he was called up: he had apparently become the forgotten man of the outfield, having been entirely overlooked at the big-league level in 2017. But the past two weeks seem to provide evidence for why that was the case.

This is Negron’s first time up in the majors this year: he did appear 14 times in the 2017 campaign, with a line of .160/.300/.200. He does offer a high degree of positional flexibility, having already started games at second, third, short, center and right for the Reno Aces, in only 55 appearances this season. Unlike Brito, he’s a right-handed bat, so provides a different set of possible platoon opportunities. While Negron needed to be added to the 40-man roster for Arizona, that wasn’t an issue, as a spot opened up with the recent retirement of pitcher Kris Medlen.