De Aza went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Saturday's 9-5 victory over the Giants. The slugger took Jake Peavy deep in the sixth for his fourth homer of the season, plating Travis d'Arnaud and Justin Ruggiano to extend the Mets lead to 7-2 at the time. Despite the blast Saturday, De Aza has been unable to follow up a successful July this month, slashing just .133/.264/.311 over 45 at-bats in August.
De Aza is out of the lineup for the Mets' series opener against the Diamondbacks, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Hitless in his last three games (0-for-10), the Mets will give the veteran outfielder a night off as the Diamondbacks send the left-handed Robbie Ray to the mound. Ty Kelly will make his second straight start in left field, this time replacing De Aza while batting seventh for New York.
De Aza (hand) entered Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks as a pinch hitter and remained in to play center field. He went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run. He had been day-to-day with a hand injury, but it seems that he is healthy enough to hit and take the field, so he should be considered fine moving forward. Unfortunately, his playing time will still likely be sporadic, as Curtis Granderson has shifted to center field.
De Aza was hit on the right hand in the ninth inning of Sunday's game but remained in the game. He later went for X-rays but they returned negative, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. De Aza suggested that he should be ready for Tuesday's series opener against the Diamondbacks, and the veteran has seen an uptick in playing time since Yoenis Cespedes (quad) was placed on the disabled list. It's best to check back before the contest for an update on his status.
De Aza got the start in left field against the Yankees, and hit a two-run home run off starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka en route to a 7-1 Mets win. De Aza got the start in center field with Yoenis Cespedes getting the night off with a sore quad, and capitalized on his opportunity. De Aza hit his third home run of the season, although it was his second in as many days after hitting one against the Yankees on Monday as well. De Aza has played poorly for most of the season, hitting just .211 with nine RBI in 133 at-bats. Despite the recent power surge, De Aza's value will likely remain capped by limited playing time, especially with the arrival of outfielder Jay Bruce via trade.
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