CINCINNATI -- For D-backs third baseman Matt Davidson, his promotion to the big leagues 10 days ago has been quite a learning experience.
Davidson is seeing towns like Pittsburgh and Cincinnati for the first time. He's also learning about the pace and intensity of a Major League game.
"It's a lot of fun with the electricity and how intense every single game is," he said. "We were having a rough year in [Triple-A] Reno, so it's definitely a lot different."
Something else that's different is the amount of consistent at-bats Davidson is getting.
With Reno, he was in the lineup every night, compiling a .278 batting average to go with 16 homers and 68 RBIs. It was good enough to earn a berth in the All-Star Futures Game, where he was named Most Valuable Player.
With the D-backs, though, Davidson's playing time has not been regular. He is 3-for-14 since his promotion, and he also has three plate appearances as a pinch-hitter.
"It's definitely different," Davidson said of coming off the bench. "I've never done it ever in my career, but I think it's cool. It gives me time to get acclimated, work out in the weight room, take a lot of ground balls, take some more swings than I normally do."
Instead of taking pregame grounders just to get loose, Davidson takes them at game intensity. Same thing with batting practice.
"To come off and pinch-hit, that's a tough deal, it really is," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "But regardless of whether you're starting every day, or you're playing every other day or every third day and you're pinch-hitting occasionally, it's part of the process of learning how to be successful. So it's tough. It's tough coming off the bench and doing that, but that's what we've got."
Eaton gets chance to play in front of family, friends
CINCINNATI -- The D-backs' four-game series with the Reds at Great American Ball Park this week is a bit of a homecoming for outfielder Adam Eaton.
Eaton grew up about hour and a half away in Springfield, Ohio, and he went to school at Miami University, which is around 40 minutes from Cincinnati in Oxford.
"It's extremely neat," Eaton said of getting the opportunity to play in Cincinnati. "I've been a Tribe fan my whole life, and we always came down here when they played the Reds. I saw probably a dozen or so games here, so to be playing here is a little different for sure."
Eaton left about 25 tickets for family and friends, and he estimated all told there will be over 100 in attendance, with most securing their own tickets.
Some of Eaton's family made the drive over to Pittsburgh, where the D-backs took two of three from the Pirates over the weekend.
Eaton's section of fans could be heard when he delivered the go-ahead two-run single in the 16th inning Sunday.
"It was nice to have a little cheering section on the road," Eaton said.
Playing in front of a hometown crowd presents its own set of challenges for a player.
"If you didn't play for your hometown and you're just getting back there, it's probably kind of exciting," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "You're certainly going to have a lot of people there. You've got to try and live a normal life, I guess, for the players, but at the same time, you can't let it get too out of hand. You'd never tell them they can't have their family or people come, but I think there have been times in my career and watched, just observing people and their obligations, it affects their play. You've got to try and manage that."
Montero catching for first time in rehab stint
CINCINNATI -- Injured D-backs catcher Miguel Montero was scheduled to catch for the first time in an Arizona League game Monday night.
Montero has been on the disabled list since July 29 with a lower back strain.
Montero was set to catch three to five innings Monday, take Tuesday off and catch around five innings on Wednesday. Arizona is hopeful that Montero can catch a full game by Saturday.
"We'll see how he's playing, how he's feeling, how he's swinging," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
If all goes well, Montero might be able to join Triple-A Reno next week while it is in Tucson.
Reno might get an influx of players that week if infielders Eric Chavez (knee/hip) and Willie Bloomquist (hand) are ready to begin their rehab assignments.
Speaking of injuries, Gibson said there's a chance that left-hander Matt Reynolds (elbow) could rejoin the team before the end of the season.
Reynolds, who has been out since June 10, has not yet thrown off a mound, but is throwing from a distance of 100 feet.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.