Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI 11 Days

Pennington returned to the Diamondbacks' lineup on Friday after being away from the team for a personal matter.

He'll likely open the season as a utility infielder for Arizona, unless he's coveted in a trade by another club in need of a versatile depth option. If Pennington sticks in Arizona, Nick Ahmed may be ticketed for Triple-A.

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Pennington was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a personal matter, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

No further details were released regarding the personal matter so it is unclear how long he will be out. Pennington batted .254 with two home runs, 21 runs, and 10 RBI on 45 hits over 68 games last season. He spent time playing three infield positions last season, recording eight games at third base, 18 games at second base, and 23 games at shortstop. Pennington had a strong fielding presence last season with 27 double plays and only two errors.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI 25 Days

Pennington is the early favorite to break camp as a backup in the middle infield for the Diamondbacks this spring.

Nick Ahmed can handle the role if needed, so the D-backs may be in a position to flip Pennington to a club in need of a backup infielder later this spring. Pennington could see an early-season surge of playing time at shortstop if Chris Owings' recovery from shoulder surgery takes longer than expected.

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Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart said Tuesday that Pennington will be tendered a contract, Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports.

Eliminating any doubt as to Pennington's short-term future, Stewart said the 30-year-old will be offered arbitration for 2015. Pennington, a .248/.315/.350 career hitter at the highest level, doesn't get a whole lot of attention in fantasy circles, but his strong defense at the middle infield positions make him a valuable piece for major league teams.

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Pennington hit a solo home run in a pinch hit appearance in the Diamondbacks' 7-4 loss to the Padres on Sunday.

On the day that he was placed on revocable waivers, Pennington delivered with his first home run since August 15 and second of the month. Although he has started the majority of his games in August, the pinch hit raised his average to .320 in the month.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI 7 Months

Penning went 2-for-3 with a walk in the Diamondbacks' 3-2 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

Pennington has been strong since returning from injury. Since his first game back August 6, he has gone 14-for-37 with eight RBIs. He's provided a nice punch in the No. 2 spot in the Diamondbacks' lineup.

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Pennington went 3-for-4 with four runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's thrashing of the Rockies.

Slotted second in Saturday's lineup, Pennington benefited from big days by No. 3 and 4 hitters David Peralta and Mark Trumbo, who combined for five hits and nine RBI. Given Didi Gregorius' meager numbers at shortstop this season as well as the Diamondbacks' current vacancy at third base, Pennington could find his way into regular playing time down the stretch.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI 8 Months

Pennington went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in the Diamondbacks' 4-3 loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

Pennington (hand) was activated from the DL on Wednesday and played for the first time since June. He was batting .243 before the injury, so the 2-for-5 performance is promising off the DL. He'll likely fight with Jordan Pacheco and Andy Marte at third base for the time being.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI 8 Months

Pennington will start at third base and bat second in his return to the lineup Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

Pennington has made just two starts at third base since 2008, but he'll step in at the hot corner Wednesday and it seems he may push Jordan Pacheco and Andy Marte for playing time at the position. Although he batted just .243/.325/.324 in 33 games before suffering a broken hand in June, he can hit from both sides of the plate and is a fairly good defender.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI 8 Months

Pennington (thumb) was activated from the DL on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old was forced out of action in early June due to a partially torn ligament in his thumb, but he's been cleared to return following a nine-game minor league rehab assignment. Pennington will return his utility infield role with the Diamondbacks, but playing time may be hard to come by, with Didi Gregorius and Nick Ahmed both on the roster.