• On Sunday, the Arizona Diamondbacks reassigned infielder Kevin Newman to minor league camp and optioned catcher Jose Herrera to Triple-A Reno.

There are about 30 players left in major league camp.

Herrera was 5-for-21 at the plate in 10 games this spring, recording five singles, four walks, and six strikeouts.

Herrera, who was a member of the 2013 class of international signings, has spent 2014 at the age of 17 in Arizona’s farm system.

He has struggled at the plate throughout his career and slashed .189/.250/.207 in 2022. Heading into 2023, he found himself down the pecking order and started spring training 2-for-32 at the plate, but after Carson Kelly broke his forearm on a hit-by-pitch in spring training in 2023, it elevated Herrera as the D-backsโ€™ primary backup catcher for most of last season and during the postseason.

In 120 plate appearances last season, he batted .208 with zero home runs and only five extra-base hits.

Tucker Barnhart will likely serve as Arizonaโ€™s backup catcher for 2024. The 33-year-old signed a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training in January. Barnhart brings 881 games of MLB experience, having played for the Cincinnati Reds (2014-21), Detroit Tigers (2022) and Chicago Cubs (2023).

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