Heath was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday. Heath appeared in three games since being promoted Friday and went 0-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts. Ketel Marte (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Heath was called up by the Diamondbacks on Friday. Heath hit .192/.276/.231 in 29 plate appearances during his previous stint on the roster, so he'll likely be limited to bench duty. Asdrubal Cabrera (hamstring) hit the injured list in a corresponding move.
The Diamondbacks optioned Heath to Triple-A Reno on Monday. In light of its mounting injuries in the outfield, Arizona acquired Heath from Kansas City on April 17 and wasted no time ushering him into the lineup. Heath recorded three hits in his team debut a day after his acquisition, but things went downhill thereafter, as he managed only two hits in 22 at-bats over his next nine games. The 27-year-old had already been starting to lose time in center field to Pavin Smith in recent days, and Tim Locastro's (finger) returned from the 10-day injured list Monday ultimately spelled the end of Heath's time on the active roster. He'll head to Reno before the affiliate begins its season Tuesday.
Heath will start in center field and bat eighth Sunday against the Rockies. Though he'll be in the starting nine as Arizona wraps up its series with Colorado, Heath's time as the Diamondbacks' everyday center fielder could be over. He was on the bench six times in the previous nine games, as manager Torey Lovullo has seemingly warmed up to the idea of using Pavin Smith as his top option in center field while Ketel Marte (hamstring) and Tim Locastro (finger) are on the shelf. While Heath offers a defensive upgrade over Smith, his .462 OPS over his first 25 plate appearances with Arizona have made it difficult for Lovullo to justify trotting him out in the lineup on a regular basis.
Heath is out of the lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with Atlanta. The Diamondbacks will give a couple of their lefty hitters a breather for the second game of the twin bill, as Heath and Kole Calhoun will head to the bench with southpaw Drew Smyly on the hill for Atlanta. Heath went 0-for-2 with a walk while playing all seven innings in center field in Arizona's 5-0 win in Game 1.
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