Allen in Lineup, Playing LF

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D-backs prospect Brandon Allen was recalled Wednesday as active rosters expanded to include any player on the 40-man roster. Allen was joined by infielder Tony Abreu, and pitchers Leo Rosales and Carlos Rosa.

 

Worth noting, Allen is playing left field today.

 

Allen played first base in every game he played in in the Majors in 2009 and in the Arizona Fall League, but he played 33 games in left at Triple-A Reno this year.

  

Now, obviously, Allen’s long-term future with the D-backs may have something to do with his ability to hack it in the outfield. Adam LaRoche has been pretty clear about his interest in staying with Arizona next year, and the club seems interested as well. If Allen can give the D-backs serviceable defense in the outfield, his bat could be a nice boost to the lineup. To this point, D-backs leftfielders have hit .242 collectively with a .646 OPS, which ranks 29th in the Majors.

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