Diaz (quad) was activated Monday from the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Columbus.
Diaz was sidelined for a little over two weeks with the quad strain, but with all sound on the health front, it's expected that he'll slide back into an everyday role with Columbus. The third baseman-outfielder is hitting .318/.438/.439 over 163 plate appearances with the Triple-A club this season.
Diaz was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a right quad strain.
It's unclear how the ailment was incurred, but it seems to explain why Diaz was held out of action since June 11. The injury comes at a tough time for the infield prospect, as he had been batting .371 over his previous 10 games prior to getting hurt. Until he's ready to return to duty, southpaw Matt Whitehouse will come up from Double-A Akron and fill his spot on the roster.
Diaz was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.
Bradley Zimmer's contract was purchased from Triple-A in a corresponding move, so Diaz's run as a fill-in outfield option has come to an end for now. His approach is excellent, but the natural third baseman has nowhere to play in the big leagues, so he will head back to Triple-A to wait for another opportunity.
Diaz will start in left field and bat eighth in the order Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
After serving as the Indians' primary third baseman in his first stint with the big club earlier this season, Diaz has settled in as the team's left fielder since his promotion Monday. With Michael Brantley (ankle) still day-to-day, Diaz's stay in the lineup may not last much longer, as the club still remains optimistic that Brantley will be able to rejoin the lineup at some point during the Tribe's weekend series with the Twins.
Diaz was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Monday.
Diaz made the Tribe's Opening Day roster and served in an everyday role to begin the season, but after slashing .236/.296/.255 in 61 plate appearances, he was optioned back to the minors when Jason Kipnis (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list. The rookie has since hit .395 over his 12 games with Columbus to earn a promotion back to the big club, but unless Michael Brantley's (ankle) injury results in a trip to DL, it's hard to envision Diaz seeing consistent at-bats with the big club.
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