After making the team as a non-roster invitee out of Spring Training in 2009, Roberts had a nice season for the D-backs and came into Spring Training with a roster spot all but locked up.
A poor spring, though, meant he was the final cut of camp and he has spent all but 12 games this year in Triple-A. He will get a chance to get back on the D-backs' radar over the last six weeks of the season after being recalled from Reno on Tuesday.
To make room for Roberts, the team released infielder Bobby Crosby, who had come over in the trade that sent Chris Snyder to Pittsburgh just prior to the July 31 Trade Deadline.
"This is a good opportunity to reward a guy for going down and being a good soldier," interim GM Jerry Dipoto said of Roberts. "He went down to Reno and did a good job. It's his time. It's his job to go out and prove he belongs on the 2011 roster."
Roberts said he has played all over in Triple-A including left and right fields along with third, short and second. The struggles this year have also taught him some lessons mentally.
"Not to worry so much about the small stuff and just go out there and play," Roberts said. "It's too stressful to worry about everything. Just take it day by day, game by game and really don't worry about anything else. As long as everyone in the front office and the manager go home with a good feeling about how you finished, that's the ultimate goal. Hopefully I can do enough at the end of the year that overlooks everything else."
As for Crosby, he hit just .167 in nine games since the trade.
"We've become aware that as we creep closer to September with Bobby on the roster his playing time was likely to be very limited," Dipoto said. "A veteran player and wanting to give him every opportunity we gave him the option of designating him or releasing him. He took the latter."