The Arizona Diamondbacks are reinstating infielder Jake Lamb from the injured list, manager Torey Lovullo announced after Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He will be taking the place of Domingo Leyba on the 25-man roster, who the team will option.
Lamb has been in Triple-A Reno participating in rehab games coming back from a strained quadriceps, having not played since April 3 and taking only 15 at-bats in 2019.
The All-Star in 2017 hit 30 home runs and drove in 105 runs, only to see his stats drop off drastically in 2018, a season in which he played 56 games while struggling with injuries.
Lamb, who can play at first and third, started three of his four games at first this season, where Christian Walker has taken over everyday duties.
Walker was on a tear once he took over for Lamb, at one point hitting .314 in early May before he submarined after hitting .208 in the month overall. Walker, though, has recovered nicely in June, posting a .297 batting average prior to Tuesday’s action. That includes four home runs and 12 RBI. On the season, Walker is batting .265 with 14 home runs and 34 RBI.
As for third, where Lamb has played for most of his D-backs career, Eduardo Escobar has been terrific, hitting .280 with 17 home runs and 59 RBI.
Escobar is able to play second base, which would shift All-Star hopeful Ketel Marte to a full-time role in center field. In the 70 games Marte has started, 39 have come in center while the other 31 were at second base. Marte, however, is coming off a groin injury. His two starts since coming back from the injury have been at second base.
In his first major league season, Leyba has had one at-bat in four straight games as a pinch hitter, with one hit.