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D-backs call up Josh Rojas, 1st player in Greinke trade to make the majors

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Josh Rojas #82 of the Houston Astros turns a double play ahead of the slide by Raffy Lopez #55 of the Atlanta Braves in the second inning of a Grapefruit League spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on February 24, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Josh Rojas, who was acquired as one of four players in the trade of Zack Greinke at the July 31 trade deadline, has been selected from Triple-A Reno to the Arizona Diamondbacks roster.

The team will designate utility player Blake Swihart for assignment in a corresponding move, the team announced.

The 25-year-old Rojas got off to a blazing start with the Aces connecting on hits in 11 of his first 16 at-bats, good for a .688 batting average. He has since cooled down and now sports a .514 batting average, having gone 18-for-35 in eight total games played with three home runs, 14 RBIs and an OPS of 1.518.

Overall this season, he has played in 105 games at the Triple-A and Double-A levels, hitting .332 with 23 homers, 83 RBIs, 57 walks and 33 steals.

It won’t take long for Rojas to make his debut for the team. He’s in left field for Arizona batting sixth for Monday’s game in Colorado.

A Litchfield Park-native who attended Millennium High School in Goodyear, Rojas will be the 10th Arizona-born player to play for the D-backs in the team’s history.

Swihart was acquired via trade with the Red Sox in April and has since appeared in 31 games, batting .136 with three home runs, nine RBIs and four walks.

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