The Marlins placed Diaz on the restricted list Friday. Miami made the roster move after Diaz informed the club of his plans to opt out of the 2020 season due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. His placement on the restricted list cleared a spot on the 40-man roster and in the Marlins' 60-man roster pool.
Diaz opted out of the 2020 season Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Diaz was considering opting out amid the Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak, but he was officially placed on the restricted list Saturday. He becomes the 15th player to opt out during the shortened 2020 campaign in which many players have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Once the Marlins resume play, Jonathan Villar and Sean Rodriguez should handle most of the duties at second base.
Diaz is considering opting out of the season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. It's quite likely that a number of Marlins are rethinking the wisdom of playing baseball during a pandemic after a coronavirus outbreak caused more than half of the team's roster to test positive for the virus. Diaz is reportedly not among that group, but even if he remains healthy and elects to play out the season, it's not clear when he'll next take the field. All of the Marlins' games through the end of the weekend have been postponed due to the outbreak, though the team's upcoming series against the Phillies, which begins Tuesday in Miami, is still on the schedule for now.
Diaz will be on the bench Saturday against the Phillies, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports. Diaz started the season opener Friday but went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Jonathan Villar moves in from center field to second base Saturday, with Jon Berti filling in in center. Diaz hit just .173/.259/.307 over 201 plate appearances in his debut last year, so he won't be guaranteed a full-time role this season.
Diaz is not in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Diaz has been a near-everyday starter at second base since making his big-league debut in early August, though he hasn't exactly earned such a role. He's hit just .153/.248/.260 in 37 games. Starlin Castro slides to second base in his absence, with Jon Berti starting at third.