Hazelbaker was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Saturday, Jack Magruder of FanRagSports.com reports. Hazelbaker returned to Arizona after Reno's elimination from the Triple-A playoffs. The 30-year-old is hitting .318 in 33 games with the big club this season, but he's been extremely fortunate on balls in play (.481 BABIP). He strikes out too much to maintain an average close to that over a larger sample. Expect him to play a limited role over the remaining weeks of the season.
Hazelbaker was optioned to Triple-A Reno following Friday's loss to the Phillies. Hazelbaker has held his own in a limited role for the Diamondbacks this year, slashing .318/.412/.477 in 44 at-bats. He could be back with the big club later in the season, but he's unlikely to see any sort of consistent playing time with the Diamondbacks set in the outfield. A corresponding roster move should be announced Saturday.
Hazelbaker went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs in Thursday's 10-3 win over the Rockies. The Diamondbacks' power-packed lineup didn't miss a beat while Hazelbaker manned the leadoff spot for Gregor Blanco, who received a day off in the series finale. Hazelbaker has reached base five times in his last two starts and carries a .420 on-base percentage on the season, but he's unlikely to parlay his accomplishments into more consistent at-bats with the Diamondbacks, especially with A.J. Pollock (groin, quad) due back from the disabled list in the near future.
Hazelbaker started in left field and went 2-for-5 in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Phillies in 10 innings. With Daniel Descalso receiving the day off, Hazelbaker entered the lineup for only the second time since being called up from Triple-A Reno in June 6. The 29-year-old has been effective when he's gotten a chance to play this season, but he may not stick around with the big club much longer with A.J. Pollock (groin) nearing a return from the disabled list.
Hazelbaker was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Tuesday. With Yasmany Tomas (groin) landing on the disabled list, the Diamondbacks were in need of outfield depth. Hazelbaker will head to the big leagues to offer just that, and his strong .917 OPS during his brief time in the big leagues should help him pick up a decent number of innings while Tomas is out. Daniel Descalso and Chris Herrmann are also in the running for increased playing time in left field as a result of this.
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