The Diamondbacks announced that first baseman Christian Walker has been activated off the 10-day injured list. Walker will take the place of Andrew Young, who was optioned to Triple-A after yesterday’s game.
Right oblique soreness has twice relegated Walker to the IL this season, and the D’Backs are certainly hoping that this latest absence has finally gotten Walker fully healthy. It’s probably fair to say that the stop-and-start nature of his season has impacted Walker’s play, as he has hit only .203/.268/.313 over 71 plate appearances thus far in 2021. Walker was a much more productive bat in 2019-20, when he hit .262/.344/.471 with 36 home runs in 423 PA for Arizona.
Like many teams this season, the D’Backs have been hit hard by injuries, but Arizona is on a 12-game losing streak and has sunk to last place in the NL West. There might not be much time left before the Diamondbacks start thinking about selling at the trade deadline, and it isn’t out of the question that Walker himself could be moved. Though he has three arbitration-eligible years remaining, Walker is already 30 years old and might not be seen as a long-term piece for the D’Backs, if the front office decides that a larger roster reshuffle is necessary to get the club on track. Owed only around $415K for the remainder of the season, an in-form Walker would draw a lot of attention from payroll-stretched teams looking for lineup help.