O'Brien is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Phillies, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert.
O'Brien blasted two home runs Friday but struck out five times over the last two games, so manager Chip Hale decided to hold him out Monday in favor of Rickie Weeks.
The rookie now has three hits in 20 major league at-bats in 2016, all of them homers. O'Brien blasted an Adam Morgan offering 412 feet in the fifth inning to plate Michael Bourn and Paul Goldschmidt, and then took reliever Elvis Araujo deep with a 403-foot solo shot in the seventh. The 25-year-old slugger launched 66 round-trippers over his last three minor league stops, so the power isn't a surprise by any means. However, O'Brien will need to demonstrate much more consistency in getting on base in order to stick with the major league club.
O'Brien has been struggling since his call-up and might be trying to do too much at the plate, Matthew Bain of the Arizona Republic reports.
Since getting promoted a week ago, O'Brien is 1-for-14 with six strikeouts in four starts. That one hit was a 433-foot home run, but otherwise the 25-year-old has looked lost. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said he wants O'Brien to remain aggressive but also be more selective. "I think you just have to swing at the better pitches, that you can handle," Hale said. "Sometimes there's balls in the dirt or balls out of the zone you're swinging at that we don't want him swinging at, but we don't want to take his aggressiveness away either."
O'Brien went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Sunday's win over the Marlins.
The rookie was making just his second major league start, and he wasted no time in bashing a 433-foot shot to left field in the first inning. O'Brien was known for his power throughout his minor league career, and Sunday's display showed that the hype was warranted. He has struck out four times in eight at-bats thus far, but he should continue to see playing time against lefties and could develop into a decent source of power in the fantasy realm.
O'Brien had a rough game on Friday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a loss to the Marlins.
The 25-year-old slugger was called up earlier in the day and got the start in left, batting fifth. O'Brien probably won't play everyday, as Arizona all of a sudden has a crowded outfield, but he could get occasional starts against lefties, like he did on Friday against Miami's Justin Nicolino.
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