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D-backs recall Christian Walker from Triple-A Reno; place A.J. Pollock on 10-day disabled list

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled INF Christian Walker (@cwalk328) from Triple-A Reno and placed OF A.J. Pollock on the 10-day disabled list (left thumb avulsion fracture).

Walker, 27, has appeared in 15 games for the D-backs this season, 13 as a pinch-hitter, batting .133 (2-for-15) 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, 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), and 10th longest all-time at Chase Field.

The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled INF Christian Walker (@cwalk328) from Triple-A Reno and placed OF A.J. Pollock on the 10-day disabled list (left thumb avulsion fracture).

Walker, 27, has appeared in 15 games for the D-backs this season, 13 as a pinch-hitter, batting .133 (2-for-15) 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, 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), and 10th longest all-time at Chase Field.

In 13 games with Reno in 2018, Walker has hit .286 (14-for-49)/.288 OBP/.531 SLG with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 9 RBI, 8 runs scored and 1 walk, including hitting .533 (8-for-15) with 2 doubles, 1 home run and 2 RBI over his last 4 games. He has batted .333 (4-for-12) with a double and a RBI vs. left-handed pitching, .308 (4-for-13) with a double, a triple and 5 RBI with runners in scoring position, and .400 (4-for-10) with a double, a triple and 3 RBI with runners in scoring position and 2 outs. Defensively, he's made 8 appearances at first base and 5 in left field.

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).

Walker appeared in 11 games for the D-backs last season, hitting .250 (3-for-12) with 1 double, 2 homers, 2 RBI and 1 walk. He was also on the Division Series roster and reached base in both pinch-hit appearances, with a single in Game 1 and a hit-by-pitch in Game 3.

Over parts of 4 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles (2014-15) and D-backs (2017-18), he has appeared in 39 games, hitting .167 (9-for-54) with 3 doubles, 4 homers, 5 RBI and 8 walks.

Pollock, 30, was removed from last night's game vs. Brewers in the ninth inning after attempting to make a diving play in the outfield. In 40 games for the D-backs this season, he is batting .293 (44-for-150)/.349 OBP/.620 SLG with 10 doubles, 3 triples, 11 home runs, 33 RBI, 12 walks, 23 runs scored and 9 stolen bases. Among NL leaders, he ranks first in slugging percentage (.620), second in RBI (33) and extra-base hits (24), tied for third in homers (11) and seventh in OPS (.969).

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