Negron cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday. Negron spent most of 2017 with Triple-A Reno, compiling a respectable .300/.366/.501 line with 13 homers and 13 steals in 120 games before earning a September promotion. His minor-league success didn't transfer to the majors, as he struggled to a .160/.300/.200 line in 25 at-bats during his brief stint with the big club, prompting the Diamondbacks to drop him from their 40-man ahead of the Rule 5 roster deadline.
Negron started in left field and went 0-for-2 with a walk in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Padres. Negron made three consecutive starts shortly after joining the Diamondbacks as a September callup, but the 31-year-old has mostly been a spectator ever since, with his start Tuesday marking just his fourth appearance in the last 13 contests. With most of the team's regulars back to full strength, Negron isn't expected to see an uptick in usage over the final week and a half of the regular season.
Negron went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs in Monday's 13-0 win over the Dodgers. With lefty Rich Hill on the mound for Los Angeles, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo chose to give the lefty-hitting Ketel Marte the day off, opening up shortstop for Negron, who was part of the wave of September callups last weekend. Negron turned in a quality showing at the plate as the Diamondbacks claimed their 11th straight win, and may have earned himself more work against left-handed pitching in future contests. Since he has the ability to man multiple positions in the infield or outfield, Negron won't necessarily be relegated to duties at shortstop whenever he plays.
Negron was promoted to the big leagues Friday. Negron's contract was selected prior to Friday's game against the Rockies, as the Diamondbacks began adding players to their expanded roster. The infielder hasn't played in a major-league game since 2015 when he was a member of the Reds, but he's slashed .300/.366/.501 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI in 120 games for Triple-A Reno, and will add more depth to the Arizona infield.
Negron was reassigned to minor league camp Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Negron hit three home runs this spring, but he was caught up in a numbers game on the roster. He'll likely spend the season with Triple-A Iowa.