Diamondbacks promote heralded Cuban outfielder Tomas
SAN DIEGO (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled heralded outfielder Yasmany Tomas from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday to give them a spark off the bench.
”We definitely needed a player that we felt comfortable with coming here and not having any fear of swinging the bat, because we need a player off the bench,” general manager Dave Stewart said.
Arizona signed the 24-year-old Cuban defector to a $68.5 million, six-year deal in December.
”We needed a bat, so Tomas’ name came up and we’re excited to have him,” manager Chip Hale said. ”He’ll play off the bench for us. If there’s a start, we’ll see. He’ll take some ground balls at third but mainly work in the outfield. But we’re looking for him to give us a shot in the middle of the game in the pinch-hitting duty.
”When (Jordan) Pacheco went into that second catcher’s role, it kind of took his bat out of the middle-of-the-game situation. So we’re looking for Yasmany to take that spot and run with it. He showed us over spring training that he has a short enough swing that he can handle coming off the bench.”
Stewart said the Diamondbacks could also play Tomas in the outfield or at third base against left-handed pitchers.
To make room on the roster, right-hander A.J. Schugel was optioned to Reno.