Arizona Diamondbacks Call Up First Basemen Josh Whitesell

Christopher J. FarinoContributor IMay 7, 2009

VIERA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 23:  Josh Whitesell #72 of the Washington Nationals poses during Photo Day on February 23, 2008 at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks have called up first basemen Josh Whitesell from AAA Reno where he was batting .345 with 3 home runs.

The 27-year-old lefty smacked one home run with seven at bats with the Diamondbacks in 2008.

Starting Diamondback first basemen, Chad Tracy, is struggling at the plate, batting .224 with just two home runs.

Whitesell will not likely start right away, but he will get at bats. If he hits well he could steal the job from Tracy. On the other hand, it could also become the dreaded platoon situation.

Whitesell definitely has real power. He smashed 26 home runs with 110 RBI's in AAA in 2008 and has 108 lifetime home runs with 2,285 at bats in the minors.