The D-Backs announced they’ve designated corner infielder Matt Davidson for assignment. Coupled with the optioning of right-hander Taylor Widener to Triple-A Reno, the Snakes have gotten their active roster down from 28 to 26 players. Davidson’s DFA also clears a 40-man roster spot; Arizona’s tally now sits at 38, although they’ll eventually need to reinstate relievers Mark Melancon and J.B. Wendelken from the COVID-19 injured list.
Davidson’s latest stay in the majors lasted a little under two weeks. Arizona selected him to the big leagues in late April, and he ultimately appeared in five games. The 31-year-old collected one hit (a homer off Josh Rogers) while drawing three walks in 13 plate appearances. That marked Davidson’s first MLB action since he suited up in 22 games for the Reds two seasons ago.
The right-handed hitter was a regular for the White Sox from 2017-18 but has otherwise picked up scant playing time in the majors. In a little under 1100 career plate appearances, Davidson owns a .222/.292/.433 line. He’s popped 53 homers with an impressive .211 ISO, but he’s also fanned in 34.1% of his trips to the plate. To his credit, he had gotten off to an incredible .386/.471/.955 start in Reno to earn his latest promotion.
Davidson is out of minor league options, so the Snakes had to remove him from the 40-man roster to take him off the big league club. They’ll presumably place him on waivers in the coming days. He’d have the right to refuse an outright assignment if he passes through waivers unclaimed.