8/11/2013 9:10 P.M. ET
Davidson called up, notches first hit in MLB debut
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Less than a month after being named the Most Valuable Player at the All-Star Futures Game, Matt Davidson's future is now as the D-backs called up the 22-year-old third baseman from Triple-A Reno on Sunday.
Despite arriving at Chase Field just 40 minutes before first pitch against the Mets, Davidson got called into action early when Cody Ross was carted off with a dislocated right hip after running out a grounder to end the first inning. Davidson came on to play third base and singled to left field in his second at-bat of the game.
"Honestly, it was probably the best thing because I didn't have any time to think about anything," Davidson said. "I mean of course I was nervous, but I would've been a lot more nervous waiting all day to start, so getting thrown in there was nice."
Davidson found out about his promotion on Saturday when Reno manager Brett Butler removed the third baseman from the game in the fifth inning. He then took the earliest flight to Phoenix, landing in the Valley at 11:30 a.m. MST for the 1:10 p.m. game.
"It was insane, I didn't sleep at all last night," Davidson said. "It's a dream, I still haven't taken it all in. It's just amazing, I'm so excited to be here. It's definitely a little bit different with the third deck, it's a beautiful ballpark here."
Even with the short notice, Davidson's parents were able to make the trip and attend the game Sunday. He said he'll be giving the ball he hit for his first Major League knock to them.
Sunday marked the latest accomplishment over a whirlwind few weeks for Davidson. He hit a two-run homer in the Futures Game on July 14 to win the game's MVP award and then, just a day later, he took home the Triple-A Home Run Derby title. Ranked by MLB.com as Arizona's No. 2 prospect and the No. 70 prospect in all of baseball, Davidson hit .278 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 108 games for Reno this season.
"He's been good, he's a developing kid and he's got some pop," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's developed as a fielder as well. As you guys know, he had a great Futures Game and did well in the Derby. He's just maturing, he's got a lot of ability, we've known that for a while, it's just taken some time for him to mature."
With Eric Chavez and Ross both lost to injuries Sunday, Davidson could be a mainstay in the lineup moving forward, potentially splitting time with Martin Prado at third base.
"We'll have to evaluate it," Gibson said. "I've been playing Prado in the outfield some so he could see some more time out there, but we'll definitely give Davidson some reps. I don't know if I'll play him every day, but he will definitely get a lot of playing time."
Ross carted off field after dislocating hip
PHOENIX -- D-backs outfielder Cody Ross suffered a dislocated right hip trying to beat out a grounder in the first inning of Sunday's game with the Mets and was taken to a local hospital to determine if surgery is needed.
When asked if the 32-year-old's season is over, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson replied, "I would imagine."
With two down and a man on second, Ross hit a slow roller to third base and appeared to stumble just before stepping on the bag at first. He immediately fell to the ground writhing in pain. Ross was lifted by a stretcher onto a medical cart and driven off the field, flashing a thumbs up toward the stands on the way.
"He was just in a lot of pain," Gibson said. "He extended his right leg and you could just see him bend over."
Team trainers popped the hip back into place, but the club won't know the prognosis for the injury until Monday.
"They did some more tests on him to make sure there's no fracture, and they'll evaluate the damage of it coming out and going back in," Gibson said.
After a slow start to the season, Ross had been one of the D-backs' hottest hitters of late, batting .405 with three homers and 10 RBIs since July 26 entering Sunday. He signed a three-year, $26 million contract in the offseason with Arizona.
Chavez placed on DL with knee, hip issues
PHOENIX -- The D-backs will be without one of their most consistent hitters for at least the next two weeks as the club placed veteran third baseman Eric Chavez on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to Saturday, with a sore left knee and stiff right hip.
"He's a little older, as you know, and I try to play him as much as I can while being smart about it," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "But he's got multiple things going on and you can't play short, it's going to be a little while."
In his 16th Major League season, Chavez was hitting .299 with 40 RBIs and nine homers in 194 at-bats this season. He typically served in the cleanup spot as lineup protection for Paul Goldschmidt.
Chavez had already been dealing with the knee discomfort when the hip flared up Friday. Gibson took the third baseman out of the game as a defensive replacement without knowing about the injury before eventually finding out when the team trainer approached him in the clubhouse afterward.
"He said he was pretty sore," Gibson said. "It really stiffened up on him."
In the 35-year-old's place, the D-backs promoted Matt Davidson from Triple-A Reno. This marks Chavez's second time on the DL this season as he also missed most of June with an oblique injury.
De La Rosa recalled to add second lefty reliever
PHOENIX -- Wanting a second left-hander in the bullpen, the D-backs called up Eury De La Rosa from Triple-A Reno on Sunday to take the roster spot of David Hernandez, who was optioned following Saturday night's game.
Arriving at Chase Field just minutes before first pitch against the Mets, De La Rosa entered the game Sunday in the eighth with two outs and a runner on third, striking out Daniel Murphy, the only batter he faced.
Before the move, Joe Thatcher was the only southpaw in the D-backs bullpen, something that irked manager Kirk Gibson.
"We started the year with two lefties and that was the plan for the season," Gibson said. "We'd like to keep it this way now."
In his first career Major League stint, De La Rosa made two appearances for the D-backs in July, working 2 1/3 innings and retiring all seven batters he faced while striking out three. With Reno, the 23-year-old had a 5.26 ERA over 49 2/3 innings this season.
"He hasn't been in the big leagues much, but he's kind of been in that environment and he's held up well," Gibson said. "He's got a pretty good makeup."
• D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, on the disabled list with an ailing back, was scheduled to take a few swings off a tee Sunday. He already has begun a throwing program.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.