Rojas was optioned to the Diamondbacks' alternate training site Saturday. Rojas had logged just one at-bat over Arizona's first eight games this season, but Andy Young was called up to take his place in a corresponding move Saturday. Given Rojas' struggles at the plate during camp and lack of usage to begin the season, it's unlikely that he'll have a role with the major-league club unless injuries pile up.
Rojas made the active roster despite going hitless in summer camp, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Rojas' versatility won out over his struggles at the plate during camp, when he went 0-for-27 with four walks. He was marginally better in spring training, going 5-for-34. Rojas, who batted .217 in 138 at-bats for the Diamondbacks last season, plays the infield base positions and corner outfield spots.
Rojas was mentioned Monday as a possible fill-in for Kole Calhoun (illness) by Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Calhoun, the Diamondbacks' projected starter in right field, tested positive for COVID-19, and his return in time for the regular season is uncertain. Lovullo mentioned Rojas, along with Jon Jay and Trayce Thompson, as potential replacements for Calhoun if he's unavailable for Opening Day.
Rojas will likely make the active roster when the 2020 season begins in late July, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Rosters will be expanded to 30 players early on, which creates space for a few players that were competing for the final available roster spots. Players such as Rojas, Jon Jay and Ildemaro Vargas can be carried for the first two weeks before rosters are cut to 28 for the subsequent two weeks. Rojas' ability to play outfield and infield should give him a leg up when the rosters are eventually dropped to 26.
Rojas has been playing shortstop and second base during spring training games, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Rojas, who came to Arizona in the Zack Greinke trade last year, played primarily in the outfield during his 41-game stint in the majors. "He's getting a lot of his time as an infielder because I only was able to evaluate him prior to this year as an outfielder," manager Torey Lovullo said. He'd played a variety of positions in the minors and is being eyed as an infielder/outfielder for 2020, which could give him an edge while vying to be the team's 26th man.