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.
Heath entered Thursday's game off the bench and went 0-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored in a 14-11 win over the Reds.
Heath had started three consecutive games in center field since being acquired from the Royals before getting a break Thursday. He eventually entered as a pinch runner and stayed in the game to play center. He'll get chances with Tim Locastro (finger) and Ketel Marte (hamstring) unavailable.
Heath started in center field, batted eighth and went 3-for-4 in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Nationals. He was also caught stealing.
Heath cleared intake protocols after being acquired from the Royals on Saturday and was needed immediately to replace the injured Tim Locastro (finger), who landed on the injured list. With Ketel Marte (hamstring) also on the injured list, Heath is expected to get regular at-bats in center field, against right-handers at least. The left-handed hitting outfielder started against righty Paolo Espino on Sunday and has little MLB track record (one at-bat) against southpaws.
The Diamondbacks recalled Heath from their taxi squad ahead of Sunday's game against the Nationals. He'll start in center field and bat eighth in the series finale, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.
With Tim Locastro (finger) joining Ketel Marte (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list Sunday, Heath looks like he could have a clear path to an everyday role in center field, at least against right-handed pitching. The 27-year-old boasts excellent speed and showed an ability to draw walks in the minors, but his lack of power and contact skills will likely keep him parked near the bottom of the Arizona lineup.
Heath could start in center field as early as Sunday after Tim Locastro left Saturday's game with a pinkie injury, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Heath, who was acquired from the Royals on Saturday prior to Locastro's injury, still needs to clear COVID-19 protocols before joining the roster. He could be the regular center fielder until either Locastro (finger) or Ketel Marte (hamstring) are ready to go. Heath went 2-for-13 in 15 games for Kansas City before he was designated for assignment on Wednesday. The Diamondbacks could also lean on prospect Daulton Varsho, who is on the 40-man roster, or Trayce Thompson, who is not.
Heath was traded from the Royals to the Diamondbacks on Saturday in exchange for right-hander Eduardo Herrera, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Heath was designated for assignment by the Royals on Wednesday. He hit .154 with three RBI and two stolen bases in 15 games with Kansas City in 2020 and will now attempt to earn a spot on the major-league roster in Arizona.
Heath was designated for assignment by the Royals on Wednesday.
Heath was sent to Triple-A Omaha in mid-March and failed to join the major-league club to begin the regular season. He'll now be removed from the 40-man roster after right-hander Josh Staumont was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday. Heath appeared in 15 games for Kansas City in 2020 and hit .154 with three RBI and two stolen bases.
The Royals optioned Heath to Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
Heath made his big-league debut in 2020 as a reserve outfielder for the Royals, but he didn't make enough of an impression in his small sample of work to secure his spot on the active roster heading into the new season. His demotion likely leaves Ryan McBroom, Jarrod Dyson and Bubba Starling as the main candidates for backup outfield roles on the Royals' Opening Day roster.
Heath was recalled by the Royals on Saturday.
Heath made his big-league debut in late July and went 2-for-6 at the plate over five games before suffering a hamstring injury. He was optioned immediately upon his activation from the injured list at the end of August but should now be set to fill a bench role down the stretch.
Heath (hamstring) was activated from the injured list and optioned off the Royals' active roster Monday.
Heath got into the first five games of his big-league career prior to suffering a left hamstring strain, going 2-for-6 at the plate while stealing a pair of bases. He could return in a part-time role at some point down the stretch.
Heath (hamstring) has recently been participating in workouts at the alternate training site, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
The 26-year-old landed on the injured list Aug. 8 with a left hamstring strain, but it appears he's nearing full health. Heath may be added to the five-man taxi squad rather than rejoining the active roster once activated.
Heath was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain Saturday.
Heath was removed from Friday's game against the Twins after he injured his hamstring while attempting to steal a base in the third inning. The injury is serious enough to warrant a trip to the injured list, but it's unclear whether he'll spend more than the minimum 10 days on the shelf. Since Heath was serving in a depth role, the move shouldn't have too much of an effect on the Royals' lineup. Right-hander Chance Adams was recalled to take Heath's place on the active roster.
Heath was removed from Friday's game against the Twins with left hamstring tightness, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Heath suffered the injury while attempting to steal a base in the third inning, and he was removed as a precautionary measure. It's unclear whether he'll miss any additional time as a result.
Heath was recalled by the Royals on Tuesday.
He will be making his major-league debut whenever he gets into a game with the Royals. The 26-year-old stole 60 bases across the two highest levels of the minors last season, though his .255/.345/.387 slash line was nothing special, and his 30.3 percent strikeout rate casts doubt on his ability to hit big-league pitching.
The Royals optioned Heath to Triple-A Omaha on March 10.
Even with MLB rosters expected to expand to 29 men to begin the upcoming season, Heath was buried too far down on the organization's outfield depth chart to make a serious run at an Opening Day bench job. Instead, he'll head to Omaha for regular work after slashing .256/.392/.410 in a 21-game sample with the affiliate late in 2019.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/02||vs COL||W 8-4||4||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|05/01||vs COL||L 6-14||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/29||vs COL||W 5-3||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|04/27||vs SD||W 5-1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/25||@ ATL||W 7-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/25||@ ATL||W 5-0||2||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|04/22||@ CIN||W 14-11||2||3||0||0||0||1||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2017||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||60||224||27||56||7||0||1||12||19||59||21||8||.250||.310||.295|
|2018||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||54||194||37||55||8||1||2||20||35||65||29||9||.283||.397||.366|
|2018||AAX-Northwest Arkansas N||36||105||22||27||3||3||0||7||13||33||10||0||.257||.336||.343|
|2019||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||21||78||17||20||4||1||2||9||17||27||10||4||.256||.392||.410|
|2019||AAX-Northwest Arkansas N||84||330||55||84||10||7||6||27||39||116||50||9||.255||.332||.382|