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Souza goes on DL; D-backs call up Brito

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MILWAUKEE -- Rather than hope for daily progress with Steven Souza Jr.'s strained right pectoral, the D-Backs finally opted to put the veteran outfielder on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday and recalled outfielder Socrates Brito from Triple-A Reno.

"He gave us some feedback today and he said that his arm was still sore," manager Torey Lovullo said before Tuesday's game against the Brewers at Miller Park. "At that point, we just said we didn't even need to watch you throw a baseball. We had the body here as a replacement in case something like this was happening. It just made so much sense to put him in the right situation to get healthy and get better."

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MILWAUKEE -- Rather than hope for daily progress with Steven Souza Jr.'s strained right pectoral, the D-Backs finally opted to put the veteran outfielder on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday and recalled outfielder Socrates Brito from Triple-A Reno.

"He gave us some feedback today and he said that his arm was still sore," manager Torey Lovullo said before Tuesday's game against the Brewers at Miller Park. "At that point, we just said we didn't even need to watch you throw a baseball. We had the body here as a replacement in case something like this was happening. It just made so much sense to put him in the right situation to get healthy and get better."

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Souza, acquired in a trade with Tampa in February, originally suffered the pectoral injury on March 21 when diving for a ball in right field, and was on the disabled list from March 26-May 2. He aggravated it when he slipped making an outfield play last week in a game against the Brewers and then left Friday's game in New York after making a throw.

Video: ARI@NYM: Souza Jr. exits in the 6th inning

Souza had not played in the field since then, but pinch-hit for starting pitcher Zack Greinke with two outs in the seventh inning of Monday's 4-2 loss and struck out swinging. In 14 games with the D-backs this season, Souza is batting .163 (7-for-43) with one double and one RBI. He had 30 homers and 78 RBIs last season with the Rays.

"I know that we're going to put him down for a little while and let him feel great and get him back to full strength as soon as possible," Lovullo said. "I don't know how long it's going to take at this point."

Brito, 25, hit .323 with eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 21 RBIs, 25 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 42 games with the Aces in 2018. He batted .368 vs. right-handers and .432 (16-for-37) with runners in scoring position, and played 25 games in center field (25 starts), 10 in left (six) and nine in right (eight).

Brito, who entered 2017 rated as the D-backs' No. 4 Prospect by both MLB.com and Baseball America, hit .291 with 15 doubles, eight triples, five homers and 44 RBIs in 78 games with Reno last season. He began 2017 on the Major League disabled list with a dislocated left ring finger suffered when sliding into home plate on March 8. He was optioned to the Aces on June 11.

Video: ARI@SD: Brito hammers solo homer to deep right

"He is absolutely going to get some starts," Lovullo said. "I don't know how many. Him just getting here, I haven't a chance to digest any of the information that I need to, but he's going to get some starts."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has appeared in 58 games over two seasons with Arizona (2015-16), batting .211 with six doubles, two triples, four home runs and 13 RBIs. Brito's last Major League game was Oct. 2, 2016 against San Diego.

With Souza on the roster, but not able to play, the D-backs -- who have lost 11 of their last 12 -- were short-handed on the bench.

"I know with Steven not being able to go out to the field the past couple days has been a little bit of a challenge," Lovullo said. "As a manager, you want to have as much freedom as possible to be creative, so having Brito here, that will help me do that."

Jim Hoehn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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