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D-backs place Jeff Mathis on the paternity leave list; recall Christian Walker from Triple-A Reno

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed C Jeff Mathis (@JMathSix) on the Paternity Leave List and recalled INF Christian Walker (@CWALK328) from Triple-A Reno.
 
Mathis, 35, has appeared in 23 games for the D-backs. His 3.17 catchers ERA is fifth in the NL (min. 165.0 innings). He has reached base via hit/walk/error in 8 straight games since May 21 (.167, 3-for-18; 6 walks). Overall, he is hitting .190 (11-for-58) with 1 double, 1 triple, 4 RBI and 12 walks.
 
Walker, 27, has appeared in 16 games over 2 stints, 14 as a pinch-hitter, batting .125 (2-for-16) with a double, home run, 2 RBI and 3 walks. He belted a 479-foot home run off Clayton Kershaw on May 1 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, the 10th longest homer all-time at Chase Field and tied for the third-longest home run in the Majors this season (also: Marcell Ozuna on April 3 @ Milwaukee Brewers), behind Franchy Cordero on April 20 @ D-backs (489) and Avisail Garcia on April 3 @ Toronto Blue Jays (481).
 
In 31 games at Reno, is batting .252 (29-for-115) with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 5 homers, 20 RBI and 11 walks. He has homered in his last 2 games for the Aces with 5 RBI on June 8-9 @ Memphis. In 20 games hitting No. 3, he has a .312 average (24-for-77)/.940 OPS with 4 doubles, 5 homers, 17 RBI and 9 walks. With runners in scoring position, he is hitting .345 (10-for-29)/.920 OPS with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer and 14 RBI. With runners in scoring position and 2 outs, he is hitting .438 (7-for-16)/1.063 OPS with 1 double, 1 triple and 6 RBI.
 
Walker was the 2017 Pacific Coast League MVP and a PCL mid- and postseason All-Star after batting .309 (159-for-514)/.382 OBP/.597 SLG with 34 doubles, 9 triples, 32 home runs, 114 RBI and 61 walks in 133 games with the Aces. He ranked among Minor League leaders in RBI (1st), extra-base hits (1st, 75) and home runs (T-2nd). He led the PCL in runs (104) and total bases (307).
 
Over parts of 4 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (2014-15) and D-backs (2017-18), he has appeared in 40 games, hitting .164 (9-for-55) with 3 doubles, 4 homers, 5 RBI and 8 walks.

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed C Jeff Mathis (@JMathSix) on the Paternity Leave List and recalled INF Christian Walker (@CWALK328) from Triple-A Reno.
 
Mathis, 35, has appeared in 23 games for the D-backs. His 3.17 catchers ERA is fifth in the NL (min. 165.0 innings). He has reached base via hit/walk/error in 8 straight games since May 21 (.167, 3-for-18; 6 walks). Overall, he is hitting .190 (11-for-58) with 1 double, 1 triple, 4 RBI and 12 walks.
 
Walker, 27, has appeared in 16 games over 2 stints, 14 as a pinch-hitter, batting .125 (2-for-16) with a double, home run, 2 RBI and 3 walks. He belted a 479-foot home run off Clayton Kershaw on May 1 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, the 10th longest homer all-time at Chase Field and tied for the third-longest home run in the Majors this season (also: Marcell Ozuna on April 3 @ Milwaukee Brewers), behind Franchy Cordero on April 20 @ D-backs (489) and Avisail Garcia on April 3 @ Toronto Blue Jays (481).
 
In 31 games at Reno, is batting .252 (29-for-115) with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 5 homers, 20 RBI and 11 walks. He has homered in his last 2 games for the Aces with 5 RBI on June 8-9 @ Memphis. In 20 games hitting No. 3, he has a .312 average (24-for-77)/.940 OPS with 4 doubles, 5 homers, 17 RBI and 9 walks. With runners in scoring position, he is hitting .345 (10-for-29)/.920 OPS with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer and 14 RBI. With runners in scoring position and 2 outs, he is hitting .438 (7-for-16)/1.063 OPS with 1 double, 1 triple and 6 RBI.
 
Walker was the 2017 Pacific Coast League MVP and a PCL mid- and postseason All-Star after batting .309 (159-for-514)/.382 OBP/.597 SLG with 34 doubles, 9 triples, 32 home runs, 114 RBI and 61 walks in 133 games with the Aces. He ranked among Minor League leaders in RBI (1st), extra-base hits (1st, 75) and home runs (T-2nd). He led the PCL in runs (104) and total bases (307).
 
Over parts of 4 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (2014-15) and D-backs (2017-18), he has appeared in 40 games, hitting .164 (9-for-55) with 3 doubles, 4 homers, 5 RBI and 8 walks.

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