Mathis was reinstated from the paternity list prior to Wednesday's game. Mathis will return to the fold after he and his wife welcomed their second child into the world Sunday night. The catcher will start Wednesday's series finale against the Pirates and bat eighth in the order. Over 23 games this season, Mathis is slashing .190/.324/.241 with two extra-base hits and four RBI. In a corresponding move, Braden Shipley was sent down to Triple-A Reno.
Mathis was placed on the paternity list Sunday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic Arizona reports. Mathis will be away from the team for the next few days as he awaits the birth of his child. He may miss up to three games while on leave, so he'll likely return to the team by Wednesday at the latest. Christian Walker was called up from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding roster move.
Mathis went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple, a walk and a run Friday in the Diamondbacks' 9-4 win over the Rockies. It was just the seventh triple in 2,547 career plate appearances for the catcher, who has never been known for his fleet feet. Mathis will continue to serve as the regular batterymate for Zack Greinke, but his light hitting won't earn him many further starts beyond those occasions.
Mathis went 1-for-3 with a walk and a pair of runs Friday in the Diamondbacks' 7-1 victory over the Athletics. Mathis scored for the first time since April 30, though it's worth noting that Friday marked only his seventh start over that stretch. While he'll continue to regularly serve as the batterymate for Zack Greinke, Mathis won't be guaranteed many starts when the other four members of the rotation are on the hill and ranks as the clear No. 3 catcher behind Alex Avila and John Ryan Murphy.
Mathis went hitless across three at-bats Sunday, but was credited with an RBI groundout in the second inning of the Diamondbacks' 4-1 loss to the Mets. Mathis has received about two starts per week this season, with his skills as a game caller and pitch framer almost entirely responsible for his place on the roster as a third catcher. The veteran is slashing .178/.288/.200 across 52 plate appearances, which probably takes him out of the conversation for additional work even though primary backstop Alex Avila (.132/.258/.211 line, 47.2 K%) has similarly struggled. Instead, John Ryan Murphy is more likely to cut into Avila's workload behind the plate.
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