The Arizona Diamondbacks announced some roster moves on Friday, releasing infielder Geoff Blum and promoting infielder Ryan Wheeler from Triple-A Reno, according to D-backs' Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers.
Blum, 39, had struggled mightily of late, hitting .143 (4-for-28) in 17 games with the Diamondbacks this season. He also battled injuries that kept him from the lineup.
Wheeler, 24, on the other hand, has been lighting it up in Reno, and was a Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star. He posted a .351 batting average, with 90 RBI on 127 hits and 207 total bases in 93 games. In that time, he posted 27 doubles, 4 triples, and 15 homers. He showcased his versatility by playing 49 games at third base, 32 games at first base, 10 games in left field and 4 games as the designated hitter. Wheeler will wear No. 21.
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