Diaz is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies. Diaz started four straight games, going 8-for-16 at the plate. It's not yet clear whether that was simply a brief audition in the primary role or if Francisco Cervelli's .179/.269/.236 season slash line will keep him on the bench in favor of Diaz on a more regular basis moving forward.
Diaz collected three hits, including an RBI single, in a 7-2 win over the Padres on Saturday. The big game lifted his batting average over the .200 mark (.204) for the first time in 2019. Diaz started his third straight game Saturday. Given his improved recent play -- he's 5-for-12 with a walk since Thursday -- the catcher could move into a timeshare with starter Francisco Cervelli in a setup similar to 2018. Diaz is still looking for his first home run after hitting 10 homers last season.
Diaz is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. Diaz went 1-for-3 with a base hit Saturday while making his fourth start at catcher this month. Though Francisco Cervelli is hitting just .170 for the season, the Pirates haven't provided any indication that they're considering moving on from him as their primary backstop.
Diaz (illness) was reinstated from the injured list Sunday. A viral infection stole all of Diaz's spring training and forced him to spend the first few weeks of the season getting up to speed on a rehab assignment. He looks to be good to go after hitting .412 in nine minor-league games. He'll take the backup catcher job behind Francisco Cervelli, with Jacob Stallings (neck) heading to the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Diaz (illness) went 3-for-5 for Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, giving him eight hits in 17 at-bats during his rehab stint split between two minor-league levels. He must be activated by April 24 and with Pittsburgh struggling to create offense, it wouldn't be surprising to see him recalled prior the deadline. General manager Neal Huntington previously mentioned that Diaz needs a building-up period but added that the script could change if the catcher shows he is ready sooner.
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