Snyder a late scratch

Chris Snyder was scratched from the starting lineup after batting practice when he experienced tightness in his left glute.

Not sure if this is related at all to the lower back strain that put him on the disabled list — and opened the door for Miguel Montero to claim the starting catching position.

It seems to me that the D-backs need Snyder to not only be healthy, but to start swinging the bat better down the stretch. Not so much because of what it would mean on the field for the team, but because of what it will do to his trade value this offseason.

If the D-backs do intend to go with Montero as the starter next year — and it sure appears they do — then they will almost certainly see what they can get on the trade market for Snyder in the offseason. From that standpoint it is important that Snyder not only be healthy, but also producing if the team hopes to maximize the return they could get for him.

It will certainly be a juggling act for A.J. Hinch to try and give Snyder enough playing time to try and get him going a bit offensively, while still giving Montero the playing time he has earned.

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