Arizona Diamondbacks place 1B Christian Walker on IL

Apr 6, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker (53) rounds the bases on a two run homer in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed first baseman Christian Walker on the injured list because of a strained right oblique.

Asdrubel Cabrera was set to start at first base for Arizona on Monday night against Oakland.

Walker, who was pulled late in Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Reds, has one home run and three RBIs through 10 games, although he has hit just .179 (7-for-39) in the early going this season.

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He hit 29 homers and drove in 73 runs in 2019, slashing .259/.348/.476 for Arizona, and followed that with seven homers and 34 RBIs in 57 games last season while carrying a .271 batting average.

Walker had to leave the Diamondbacks’ April 4 game in San Diego after being struck below his left eye by an infield throw.

The team recalled infielder Andrew Young from the alternate site.

–Field Level Media