Piscotty is out of the lineup Saturday against the Marlins.
He started the Cardinals' road trip on the wrong foot, going 0-for-12 with eight strikeouts, and Piscotty is now set to sit for a second consecutive day. The 25-year-old has enjoyed a fine season overall and there has been nothing to suggest he's injured in any way, so it seems manager Mike Matheny is just trying to recharge Piscotty's batteries with the big picture in mind.
Diaz is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Marlins.
It seems manager Mike Matheny has decided Diaz could use a little mental rest following his first career three-strikeout game Friday. Diaz should be back in there Sunday, looking to finish off his .299/.375/.505 month of July on a high note. Greg Garcia will start at shortstop in his absence.
The development shouldn't hurt Ware's standing in the Chiefs' backfield pecking order, which is more contingent upon Jamaal Charles' continued recovery from a torn ACL. When (or if) Charles return to practice in the coming weeks, he'll be the top RB option, leaving mere scraps for the likes of Ware and Charcandrick West. Although West's pass-catching chops will serve him well in obvious passing downs in 2016, Ware requires carries in bulk in order to make an impact.
Bourn is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
Chris Owings will take over in center with the Dodgers starting lefty Scott Kazmir, pushing Bourn to the bench following five straight starts (all against right-handers). Bourn is hitting for a lackluster .264/.272/.341 line this month but it doesn't seem manager Chip Hale has any intention of reducing Bourn's role in the immediate future.
Puig (hamstring) is expected to start in right field Sunday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.
Puig made a pinch-hit appearance Friday and finished the game in right field, but he will sit again Saturday, marking his eighth consecutive absence from the lineup. It sounds like he will finally return Sunday, but the lower-body concerns will remain given his issues with them over the past two seasons. Puig has been a subject of trade rumors recently, but team owner Mark Walter told the Los Angeles Times on Friday, "I don't think we're moving him."