5/2/2014 8:02 P.M. ET
Inciarte's debut delayed by flight problems
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Ender Inciarte had to wonder if he was ever going to make his Major League debut.
The D-backs outfielder was selected in the Rule 5 Draft by the Phillies in December 2012 and he made their Opening Day roster, but did not appear in a game the first few days of the regular season and was returned to the Arizona organization.
Inciarte toiled in the Minors all last year before getting the call Wednesday to report to Phoenix for that night's D-backs-Rockies game.
So he hustled to the airport, but there was a problem with his flight.
"The first one got delayed at 1 [p.m.] then at two [p.m.] and then at 3:30 [p.m.] it got cancelled," Inciarte said. "So they found me another flight and it got delayed too. So I was expecting to leave and finally at 9 or 9:30 I arrived in Phoenix."
And as he wheeled his suitcase into the clubhouse, Inciarte was greeted by his new teammates, who just walked off the field following a 10-inning win.
"The game started at 6:40!" one of them playfully yelled.
"Hey, we could have used you tonight!" shouted another.
So Inciarte had to wait a little longer. When he arrived at Petco Park on Friday he saw his name in the starting lineup.
"It was a tough night," Inciarte said of his flight problems. "I wanted to be there for the game, was expecting to maybe even play that night, but it happened, it was cancelled and now I'm here. But whatever had to happen, happened and I'm here now, I see myself in the lineup today and hopefully it's going to be a great night."
D-backs call up Marte, option Campana
SAN DIEGO -- With outfielder Ender Inciarte being added to the roster the D-backs decided that outfielder Tony Campana, who possesses the same skillset, was expendable.
So Campana was optioned to Triple-A Reno and the team called up outfielder Alfredo Marte to provide some added power off the bench.
Campana was hitting just .160 in 51 plate appearances and his speed was neutralized by the fact that he was not able to get on base.
"I've had a rough patch the last couple of weeks," Campana said. "I think it's just getting down there and figuring it out at the plate a little bit. I think that's it. Just start swinging it a little better and hopefully come back."
Marte was hitting .342 with five doubles, a triple, a homer and 11 RBIs for Reno this year.
Last season Marte appeared in 22 games for the D-backs and hit .186.
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Drury hit .296 with 10 doubles, six homers and 25 RBIs.
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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.