Haniger is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles.
Socrates Brito will head to center field and hit ninth during Haniger's absence. Over the last 14 games, Haniger has put up a .268/.340/.488 line and hit three home runs.
Haniger drilled his third career home run -- all of which have come over his past seven games -- in the fourth inning of Sunday's slugfest. The 25-year-old rookie showed good pop with Triple-A Reno this year, slugging 20 home runs in 261 at-bats, so it was only a matter of time before his power stroke emerged.
Haniger hit his first career home run in Monday's win over Colorado.
Haniger was 0-for-9 in four games before he finally mustered the home run Monday, as he has struggled to get his feet beneath him in the majors. Given his 1.000+ OPS in the minors, the Diamondbacks would be well served giving him some at-bats this September to see if he can translate it at all to the majors, but early returns have been poor, as he owns just a .196/.276/.333 line in 15 games.
Haniger was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.
Haniger struggled in his first 43 big league plate appearances earlier this year, slashing .237/.302/.342 with zero home runs. He is unlikely to find a consistent role over the final month, as the D-Backs have a lot of similarly unspectacular options battling for at-bats in the outfield corners behind Yasmany Tomas and Brandon Drury.
Haniger was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday, Jack Magruder of Fanrag Sports reports.
The move was made to open a roster spot for A.J. Pollock, who will come off the DL on Friday. Haniger started his big league career by going 7-for-16 with five RBI in his first four games. But over the last six games, Haniger went just 2-for-22. The 25-year-old will likely be back with the Diamondbacks when rosters expand next week.
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