Wheeler gets the call for D-backs
The important thing, though, is that he's with the Diamondbacks.
"I don't know what exactly is in store for me here, if they want me to play third or first," the recently called-up D-back said Friday before his first game. "I've even played around with left field a little bit.
"Or if they want me to be a pinch hitter it doesn't matter to me, I'm happy to be here."
Wheeler, who is getting the start at third Friday night against the Astros, will be batting eighth.
The Diamondbacks brought Wheeler up from Triple-A Reno, releasing Geoff Blum and possibly finding the third baseman they've been searching for all season.
After all, Wheeler was hitting .351 with 15 home runs and 90 RBI in 93 games this season. If he can have similar success, the D-backs will be set at the position. But even that is a bit of a work-in-progress.
"I think we're just going to introduce him into the big leagues," D-backs skipper Kirk Gibson said of what their plans are for Wheeler. "We'll work him in and we'll see how his development goes.
"I don't want to overwhelm him."
Arizona Sports' Craig Grialou contributed to this report
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