Josh Whitesell Gets Promotion to Big Leagues

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled first baseman Josh Whitesell from Triple-A Reno today after placing first baseman Tony Clark on the 15-day disabled list with a strained ligament in his right hand. Whitesell was hitting .356 for Reno while Clark had been hitting .179 with Arizona.

Tony Clark has been bothered by his hand injury since he injured it against the Rangers in the final week of Spring Training. It has particularly bothered him while swinging left-handed, as the right hand generates most of the bat speed from that side of the plate. Clark was batting just .179 with 15 strikeouts in 28 at-bats, but he did have two homers under his belt.

In contrast, Joshua Whitesell was hitting .356 for Reno in 87 at-bats, with a .477 on-base percentage and a .552 slugging average. He also hit six doubles, one triple, and three home runs as an Ace. Whitesell will bat fifth in Wednesday's lineup.

Whitesell batted .399 after the Triple-A All-Star Break to propel himself to both PCL Rookie of the Year and Organizational Player of the Year honors last season. He is the best all-around hitter in the Diamondbacks organization despite his proprnsity to strike out.

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