Diaz was diagnosed with a left hand contusion after leaving Sunday's contest early, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Diaz was hit in the hand by Chance Adams in the seventh inning of Sunday's game and was removed. However, after X-rays came back negative, Diaz is considered day-to-day. The team has an off day Monday, so his next chance to return to action will be Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Diaz said he was dealing with some pain in his ankle but hopes to play Friday against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Diaz exited Wednesday's game after he appeared to roll his left ankle while running the bases, though he initially attempted to stay in the game. The 27-year-old will have Thursday's off day to recover before attempting to start the series against the Yankees on Friday.
Diaz left Wednesday's game at Miami due to left ankle discomfort, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Diaz was removed for the bottom of the seventh inning, but the injury appeared to occur earlier in the game when he made a late stop running the bases between third and home. The 28-year-old will have a full day to recover with Thursday's scheduled off day and should be considered day-to-day ahead of this weekend's series against the Yankees.
Diaz went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in a 7-2 win over the Yankees on Saturday. Diaz hit a solo shot off CC Sabathia in the third inning and then capped Tampa Bay's scoring in the seventh with a three-run blast to essentially put the game away. The 27-year-old is slashing .267/.357/.550 with nine home runs, 22 RBI and a 20:24 BB:K over 35 games and should continue to be a mainstay in the top half of the Rays' lineup.
Diaz is not starting Saturday against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Though Diaz will sit for just the third time all season, his .257/.359/.514 slash line should continue to keep him in the lineup on a regular basis. Daniel Robertson will start at third base in his absence.