Arizona Diamondbacks’ Pavin Smith looks for fresh start after long-term injury

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Pavin Smith (26) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the third inning at Peoria Sports Complex, Feb. 26, 2023.

In a spring training game that quickly got away from the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday in Peoria, Pavin Smith yanked a home run into the San Diego Padres’ bullpen in right field.

He also singled and scored, and lined out in his first at-bat. Maybe his success, albeit early in the spring, was a product of the work Smith did in winter ball in the Dominican Republic over the offseason.

“Felt good,” Smith said of his home run. “Just getting out here with the guys again is a fun experience and something never taken for granted.”

Smith has reason to be hopeful. The former first-round draft pick struggled at the plate, hitting .207 and in a slump last season before he was optioned to Triple-A Reno. The hope was to get back on track offensively and return to the big leagues.

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