Difo is in the starting lineup for Monday's spring game against the Blue Jays. Difo's arrival at camp was delayed by visa issues, but he has made it to Florida and is ready for game action. He will man second and hit second in the Pirates' batting order.
Difo wasn't present Monday for the Pirates' first workout for position players at spring training while he contends with visa issues, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Difo is scheduled to attend spring training as a non-roster invitee after agreeing to a minor-league deal with Pittsburgh in January. Assuming he's able to resolve his visa issues in a timely fashion, Difo shouldn't fall too far behind his competition for a utility infield job with Pittsburgh.
Difo signed with the Pirates on Friday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. The terms of the deal have not yet been announced. Difo has settled in as a serviceable bench option but little more than that, posting a .247/.309/.348 over parts of six seasons with the Nationals, though he's found himself in one of the better landing spots for a player looking to increase his playing time.
Difo cleared waivers Monday and accepted an outright assignment to the Nationals' alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Rather than requesting his release from Washington to pursue opportunities elsewhere, Difo will remain in the organization and continue to train regularly in Fredericksburg in preparation for another callup later in the season. Before getting designated for assignment over the weekend, Difo had seen few opportunities this season with the Nationals, appearing in just 12 games and going 1-for-14 at the dish.
Difo was designated for assignment by the Nationals on Saturday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. Difo will make room of the roster for Carter Kieboom, who was called up in a corresponding move. Difo had played very infrequently this season, grabbing just one hit in 14 at-bats.