Campana optioned to Reno day after walk-off hit

Campana optioned to Reno day after walk-off hit

PHOENIX -- Game-winning hit one day, headed to Triple-A the next. Baseball can be a cruel game.

D-backs outfielder Tony Campana was optioned to Reno on Thursday, less than 12 hours after his walk-off single up the middle downed the Brewers on Wednesday night.

With outfielder Ender Inciarte expected to be activated off the concussion disabled list Friday, which probably would have ticketed Campana for Triple-A anyway, the team decided to do it Thursday and have an extra pitcher -- Matt Stites -- in the bullpen.

"He's been a guy that's been there in Triple-A when we needed him, and we have confidence in him in that role," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said of Campana.

Prior to his game-winning hit, Campana had just one hit in his previous 42 big league at-bats.

"I emphasized to him hitting the ball on the ground more," Gibson said of his meeting Thursday with Campana. "Right now, if you watch how everyone bunt defends people, they come way, way in and it really opens up that 5-6 hole for him, so if he could learn to get it down there, it would put a lot of pressure on them."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for 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.