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Diamondbacks won't play Pena in outfield

Posted on: July 2, 2011 3:54 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 4:05 pm
By Evan Brunell

PenaWhen the Diamondbacks reached down to Triple-A to acquire a left-handed bat in Sean Burroughs, it meant the end of Melvin Mora's tenure in Arizona.

Mora was brought in to be an important part of the team at third base, but now ends his Arizona tenure with a forgettable .228/.244/.276 line in 42 games and 135 plate appearances. The only wonder is how long it took for the club to move on.

"We chose to keep Wily Mo," GM Kevin Towers said about why Mora was jettisoned, the Arizona Republic reports.

Of course. Pena, who was recalled to serve as the team's DH in interleague play, bashed his fourth home run in 10 games. While Pena is having trouble getting hits or drawing a walk as evidenced by his .233 average and zero walks in 30 plate appearances, the dude can hit the ball far.

However, Pena will be a man without a position when interleague play ends this weekend. While Pena has been taking fly balls in left and has extensive outfield experience, he is an awful defender and manager Kirk Gibson just isn't ready to deploy Pena onto the field.

That will leave Pena as a glorified pinch-hitter, who will have to deliver if he hopes to stick with the team once infielder Geoff Blum comes off the disabled list, which won't be until after the All-Star break.

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