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Diamondbacks option Socrates Brito to Triple-A Reno

Angels Diamondbacks Spring Baseball

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Socrates Brito watches his RBI double against the Los Angeles Angels during third inning of a spring baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)


The Diamondbacks announced that outfielder Socrates Brito has been optioned to Triple-A Reno and pitcher Tyler Wagner has been recalled.

Brito, 23, had a good spring, hitting .306 in 72 at-bats. The performance helped him get semi-regular playing time in center field after A.J. Pollock suffered a fractured elbow. However, Brito struggled at the plate, hitting .226 in 31 trips to the plate.

Chris Owings shared the position with Brito in Pollock’s absence and didn’t fare any better, racking up only six singles in 30 plate appearances. The D-Backs have reportedly had interest in free agent Michael Bourn. If Owings can’t figure things out soon, he may force the club’s hand into looking for help elsewhere.

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