PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday recalled outfielder Chris Young and placed catcher Chris Snyder on the 15-day disabled list with lower back pain.
Young, once considered a cornerstone of the club, was demoted to Triple-A Reno on Aug. 10 after hitting .194 with 95 strikeouts in 315 at-bats. At Reno, Young hit .370 with three homers, five doubles and a triple in 13 games, earning a quick return to the major leagues.
Manager A.J. Hinch put Young in the lineup in center field against Houston on Saturday night.
"He didn't just go down and get a few hits; he pretty much dominated while he was down there, so we were anxious to get him back up here," Hinch said before the game.
Young's return creates a crowded outfield for the Diamondbacks heading into the last month of a lost season.
Eric Byrnes is expected to return soon from a broken left hand that put him on the disabled list on June 26. Byrnes is hitting .216 in the second year of a three-year, $30 million contract.
Alex Romero, who is hitting .270 in 49 games, has made a favorable impression but may see few at-bats down the stretch.
It appears unlikely that Conor Jackson, the opening day left fielder, will return from a bout of Valley fever that has sidelined him since May 11.
"The competition's going to be thick, but in an ideal world, (Gerardo) Parra, Young, (Justin) Upton would be our lineup," Hinch said.
An MRI revealed inflammation in Snyder's lower back. A strain in the same area sent the 28-year-old Snyder to the DL from June 23-July 28.
Hinch said Snyder's return this season was uncertain, and the club decided to put him on the DL even though rosters expand on Tuesday.
"He's got a chance to return still, but we're not sure for the next couple of weeks," Hinch said.
The Diamondbacks also recalled lefty reliever Daniel Schlereth from Triple-A Reno and optioned outfielder Trent Oeltjen to Reno.