Arizona Diamondbacks CF Adam Eaton Activated from Disabled List

Dennis TrescaCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2013

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25:  Adam Eaton #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on February 25, 2013 in Surprise, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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According to Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona, Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Adam Eaton has been activated from the disabled list and will be in the starting lineup tonight versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Adam Eaton suffered a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow during spring training and has been on the disabled list ever since. Eaton was set to open up the season as Arizona's starting center fielder and leadoff man. Tonight he will finally fill that role. It may be three months late, but Eaton will be batting leadoff for Arizona as the starting center fielder when the Diamondbacks take on the Dodgers at Chase Field.

Eaton's return brings up an interesting situation for the Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. The roster currently has a logjam in the outfield, with Gerardo Parra, Jason Kubel, Cody Ross and A.J. Pollock all playing significant time this season. Who will be the odd man (or men) out is the question the organization will need to face soon. With only Parra locked in as a starter, one or more of the remaining three may find themselves as trade bait in the very near future.

This is a good problem to have for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have been mentioned in many trade rumors as the trade deadline nears. It is believed by many that they may be looking to bolster the pitching staff to help strengthen the team for a playoff run.

Getting Eaton back in the lineup could provide a much needed spark for the offense. Eaton is a max effort player that provides energy for his teammates to feed off. It will be great for Diamondback fans to see him on the field tonight.

Game Info:

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona

9:40 p.m. ET