Fuentes hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in Friday's 10-6 loss to the Padres. Fuentes' long ball put the Diamondbacks on the board for the first time all evening, but it didn't end up amounting to much with his team trailing 8-0 at the time. The outfielder should make regular appearances as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement throughout the final month of the season, but he won't be in line to pick up regular starts, at least until the Diamondbacks lock in their playoff positioning.
Fuentes will start in center field and bat second Sunday against the Giants. Fuentes is in the lineup for a second time since coming off the disabled list Tuesday after he missed just over a month with a left thumb contusion. Manager Torey Lovullo just seems to be giving regular center fielder A.J. Pollock a breather in the series finale, so even if he turns in a quality showing Sunday, Fuentes is unlikely to parlay it into a full-time gig.
Fuentes (thumb) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Tuesday. Fuentes is ready to rejoin the Diamondbacks after appearing in 13 games with Triple-A Reno during his rehab assignment, going 13-for-47 (.277) with five doubles and four stolen bases. He'll take the roster spot of Jeff Mathis (wrist), who was sent to the disabled list in a corresponding move. With the Diamondbacks' outfield at full strength, Fuentes will see most of his playing time off the bench.
Fuentes (thumb) has appeared in 13 games during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno, going 13-for-47 (.277 average) with five doubles and four stolen bases. Fuentes' left thumb contusion doesn't appear to be an issue any longer, but since the Diamondbacks don't have a pressing need for him on the big-league roster, it appears the team will keep him on the rehab assignment for close to the full 20 days permitted before activating him from the 10-day disabled list. The 26-year-old is a strong candidate to rejoin the Diamondbacks in September when rosters expand, but may only make a couple of starts and instead make most of his appearances as a late-inning defensive replacement or pinch runner.
Fuentes (thumb) received clean test results prior to Friday's game against the Nationals, Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports reports. Fuentes, who is dealing with a left thumb contusion, will be shut down for the next few days before receiving clearance to resume baseball activities. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, and though he doesn't seem to be in store for a lengthy absence, he isn't a safe bet to return when first eligible July 29.
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