Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta was dealing with a wrist injury suffered on May 11. Though there was no structural damage, he was placed on the disabled list on May 15. However, he is ready to return.
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Peralta Provides Diamondbacks with Underrated Bat
This was a setback for Peralta, especially since he battled his way to the major league level and was looking to become a household name in 2016.
Tony Blengino of ESPN.com called Peralta "the game's most unknown—and unlikely—star" in a piece before the season because he started as a pitcher but never made it past the rookie-level Appalachian League. However, he reinvented himself as an outfielder and had a breakout campaign in 2015.
Peralta appeared to turn the corner in that 2015 season and hit .312 with 17 home runs and 78 RBI. According to ESPN.com, he posted an impressive 3.7 offensive WAR and an .893 OPS, and many expected him to be a critical part of Arizona's push toward the playoffs in 2016.
Prior to his injury, he was hitting .260 with three home runs in 2016.
Peralta is versatile enough to play all three outfield spots if needed, which gives manager Chip Hale the ability to mix and match his lineup choices.
Arizona has struggled without Peralta, and his bat should provide a boost to the lineup.