PHOENIX -- One night after using him as a pinch-hitter in a crucial situation, the D-backs optioned outfielder Roger Kieschnick to Triple-A Reno and recalled outfielder Ender Inciarte.
Kieschnick was 0-for-7 with five strikeouts after being called up last week. Tuesday night, manager Kirk Gibson used him as a pinch-hitter instead of Cody Ross or Martin Prado with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning. Kieschnick struck out swinging.
"Roger struggled, and [I] felt he was a little overmatched right now," Gibson said. "Just felt like he needed a little relief. Ender gives us a little different perspective defensively. He's a guy with pretty good speed so he gives us another guy like that. Just felt we should switch them out."
Inciarte can play all three outfield positions and has good speed. He was selected by the Phillies in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft and made their Opening Day roster, but was returned to the D-backs on April 4 without having appeared in a big league game.
In 26 games for Reno, Inciarte had an OPS of .807.
"He's a very good defender at all three positions," Gibson said. "He's got speed, handles the bat probably a little better. Initially we went with Roger because we felt he had a little better pop. So Ender's maybe more of a contact guy, a guy that can bunt, maybe move some runners as well. He can definitely steal bases."
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