Before Wednesday’s game with San Diego, the Diamondbacks recalled infielder-outfielder Nick Evans from Triple-A Reno.
At the same time, outfielder Alfredo Marte was optioned to Reno.
Evans received word following Tuesday night’s game in Reno and quickly jumped on a morning flight to Phoenix.
“I was surprised and had no idea,” he said standing in front of his newly minted locker stall in the D-backs clubhouse. “No, they haven’t said anything yet about using me and I think I’ll be a right-handed bat off the bench,”
One reason for the Evans recall is the organization’s desire to have Marte receive more playing time. With Arizona, Marte was hitting .227 (5-21) in 11 games.
“(Evans) is versatile and has major league experience,” said manager Kirk Gibson before Wednesday’s game. “Plus, we want Marte to start playing and sitting on the bench here is not doing him any good.”
At Reno, Evans, who was born in Glendale and graduated from St. Mary’s Prep, was hitting .335 for the Aces with 15 doubles, 11 home runs and 44 RBIs.
Previously, the spent parts of four seasons with the Mets, and was New York’s fifth round selection in the 2004 draft. In 159 games at the major league level all with the Mets, Evans hit .256 (99-for-386) with 28 doubles, eight home runs and 46 RBIs.
Major League Baseball announced early results in balloting for the All-Star Game, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
The top five vote-getters for each position were listed as well as the top 15 outfielders.
In the National League, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was the only Arizona player to receive consideration in the top five of position players as well as the outfielders.
After the first tabulation, Goldschmidt is fifth among first baseman with 227,854 votes. He trails position-leader Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers (349,762) as well as Freddie Freeman of the Braves (308,962), Justin Morneau of the Rockies (305,327) and Brandon Belt of the Giants (228,547).
Belt was placed on the disabled list with broken left thumb on May 10 and remains inactive.
Other leaders at individual positions include Chase Utley of the Phillies at second base, Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies at shortstop, Nolan Arenado of the Rockies at third. Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and Ryan Braun of the Brewers are the top three vote-getters among outfielders.
Arenado is also on the DL and Aramis Ramirez of the Brewers is second.
Tulowitzki leads all NL vote-getters with 745,823 votes.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GIBBY
On Wednesday, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson celebrated his 57th birthday.
Joking with reporters before Wednesday’s game, Gibson said his mom threw a very forgetable birthday party for him while in his teens. Unpretentious, Gibson said he wanted no part of the celebration, stuck his head in the door, said “hi” and then disappeared. In explaining his reserve stature, he merely indicated, “that’s who I am.”
As a major league player, Gibson appeared in nine games on his birthday and compiled a .388 batting average with four doubles and four home runs.