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Updated Jun 19, 2014 - 12:20 pm

D-backs option Tony Campana to Reno; select RHP Matt Stites

Arizona Diamondbacks' Gerardo Parra, left, dumps a bucket of chewing gum over the head of teammate Tony Campana in celebration of his game winning RBI single against the Milwaukee Brewers during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Brewers 4-3. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

PHOENIX -- Twelve hours earlier Tony Campana was celebrating with his teammates. He had just delivered his first career walk-off hit with a game-winning single in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 4-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers.

"It was cool," said Campana, who had been hitless in nine at-bats since being recalled from Triple-A Reno on June 13. "Martin (Prado) putting a lot of dirt in my hair, but I'll take it for sure."

The celebration was short-lived.

On Thursday, the Diamondbacks optioned the 28-year-old outfielder back to Reno.

"He did a good job. We have confidence in him in that role (off the bench) right now," manager Kirk Gibson said. "I told him going out the door, ‘you can be better than that' and emphasized to him hitting the ball on the ground more. Right now, if you watch how everybody bunt-defends people, they come way, way in. It really opens that ‘5-6' hole up for him so if he can learn to get it down there, put a lot of pressure on them. Not to say he can't hit line drives, but he hits the ball in the air it's just going to be an out."

In 26 games for the Diamondbacks this year, Campana has hit .150 (9-for-60) with one double, one triple, four stolen bases and four runs scored.

The move opened up a roster spot for the club to promote from Reno right-handed pitcher Matt Stites, who will be making his Major League debut.

"We decided [Thursday] the move would be to take some additional pitching and make sure we safeguard against getting in trouble with that," Gibson explained.

Stites, 24, went 0-1 with 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA (9 ER in 28.0 IP) in 29 games between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno this season. He did not allow an earned run in his first 11 appearances, covering 10.1 innings in Reno and converted all 12 of his save opportunities since May 6.

"He's pretty good at location and that's one thing that's really, really important," Gibson said. "We've talked about it forever. We want people that can locate the ball. It's just easier to get outs. It's easier to defend against it. And in this ballpark the ball travels pretty well, as you guys know. You walk people in this ballpark you're just asking for trouble.

"He's young and he's up-and-coming and he's ready."

Stites, drafted by the Padres in the 17th round of the 2011 draft, was acquired as part of the trade with Ian Kennedy to San Diego a year ago.

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School: Syracuse University, '96

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Favorite sports memory: Game 7, 2001 World Series

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