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Top Wilmer Difo News

  • Diamondbacks' Wilmer Difo: Visa issue resolved

    Difo (not injured related) received his work visa and reported the Diamondbacks' training facility this week, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    This ends the nearly month-long saga as Difo attempted to secure clearance to travel to the States from the Dominican Republic. The infielder will work his way into playing shape before being assigned to Triple-A Reno. The 30-year-old Difo is a .251 hitter over parts of seven big-league seasons. He could enter the mix at third base once he hits stride, particularly if Josh Rojas (oblique) is still sidelined.

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  • Diamondbacks' Wilmer Difo: Visa issue update

    Difo (not injury related) has an appointment scheduled for Wednesday with the consulate in the Dominican Republic, when he's expected to clear up visa issues that prevented him from traveling to the United States, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    If the issue is cleared up and Difo can join the organization, he's expected to get at-bats for Triple-A Reno before getting a chance on the major-league roster. Difo slashed .269/.329/.384 in 240 plate appearances last season with the Pirates.

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  • Diamondbacks' Wilmer Difo: Dealing with visa problems

    Difo remains in the Dominican Republic while handling a visa issue, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

    Difo inked a minor-league contract March 19 with the hope of potentially competing for a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he has been unable to make his way to the United States at this point. It's unclear as to when he may be able to report to camp, though it won't be on a big-league roster.

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  • Diamondbacks' Wilmer Difo: Signs with Diamondbacks

    Difo agreed to a minor-league deal with the Diamondbacks on Saturday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    In 2021, Difo had four home runs with one stolen base and a .269 batting average in 240 plate appearances. Difo played all over the infield and outfield for the Pirates. He could battle for infield reps with Josh Rojas, Nick Ahmed and Josh VanMeter.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Difo cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.

    Difo had a pretty good year by his standards in 2021, hitting .269/.329/.384 in 240 trips to the plate, good for a nearly average 95 wRC+. He stands a decent chance of returning in a bench role at some point in 2022, though nothing in his track record suggests he should be getting regular at-bats, as he owns a lifetime 75 wRC+ over parts of seven seasons.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Cranks fourth homer

    Difo hit a two-run home run as a pinch hitter in Friday's 8-6 loss to Philadelphia.

    The infielder hit for pitcher Nick Mears in the seventh inning. Difo's blast put Pittsburgh ahead briefly, but Didi Gregorius answered with a three-run blast in the bottom of the frame. Through 228 plate appearances, Difo has a .271/.333/.382 slash line with four homers, 22 RBI, 24 runs scored and a stolen base. He hasn't started since Sept. 14 as Pittsburgh has faced a run of right-handed pitchers.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Returns to bench vs. righty

    Difo is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.

    Difo went 2-for-8 with a run scored while manning second base in both of the past two games, but those two starts came against left-handed pitchers. The lefty-hitting Hoy Park will get the nod at the keystone with a righty (Vladimir Gutierrez) on the mound for Cincinnati, so the switch-hitting Difo doesn't look to be much more than short-side platoon player for the Pirates.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Collects three hits

    Difo went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in an 11-7 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Drawing the start, Difo collected his first RBI since August 14. The 29-year-old has primarily been used in a bench role this season, slashing .269/.332/.389.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Filling limited role for Bucs

    Difo remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

    Difo appeared to be a candidate to receive more playing time in the second half of the season after Adam Frazier was dealt to the Padres ahead of the trade deadline, but an increased role hasn't materialized for the 29-year-old utility man. He's picked up only four starts since the All-Star break, with deadline pickup Hoy Park and prospect Rodolfo Castro instead taking priority over Difo in the infield.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Bump in near-term playing time?

    Difo struck out in his lone batting appearance in Sunday's 6-1 loss to the Giants.

    He entered the game as an eighth-inning replacement at second base for Adam Frazier. Following Frazier's trade, Difo could see additional playing time at second. Tucupita Marcano, Erik Gonzalez (side) and Cole Tucker (Triple-A) are also candidates to play second base, as is Rodolfo Castro, who is currently with Double-A Altoona. For his part, Difo put together a 12-for-25 string in mid-July but has done his best work as a pinch-hitter (10-for-31, two homers).

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Looks like top option off bench

    Difo will start at third base and bat second Sunday against the Mets.

    Difo's run of regular work in right field looks to have come to an end after Gregory Polanco (hip) was reinstated from the injured list Saturday, but the former's multi-positional versatility will likely make him the next man up for work when any of the Pittsburgh regulars require a breather. He'll be spelling a resting Ke'Bryan Hayes at the hot corner in the series finale. Difo is slashing a sizzling .423/.516/.731 across 26 at-bats in July.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Contributes three-run blast

    Difo came off the bench to hit a three-run home run in Saturday's comeback win over the Mets.

    Difo entered the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and took New York reliever Seth Lugo deep to right field to pull the Pirates to within 6-5. It was the third homer of the year for the former National, who is slashing .287/.347/.454 across 118 plate appearances in his first season with the Pirates.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Launches second homer

    Difo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Friday's 4-1 win over the Mets.

    The 29-year-old hit his first homer since April 11 in the sixth inning of Friday's contest. Difo has a .280/.342/.421 slash line with two long balls, nine RBI, 11 runs scored, two triples and five doubles through 117 plate appearances. He's mainly split time with Jared Oliva in right field while Gregory Polanco (hip) remains out.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Reaches base four times

    Difo went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI single and a run scored in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Mets.

    The 29-year-old delivered a clutch hit Sunday, as his RBI single in the ninth inning put Pittsburgh ahead. Difo has mostly served in a depth role since he rejoined the major-league roster on June 2. The utility man is slashing .272/.336/.388 with one home run, eight RBI and nine runs scored through 113 plate appearances this year.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Promoted by Pittsburgh

    Difo had his contract selected by the Pirates on Friday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Difo was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh in early June but will receive another big-league opportunity after spending the past couple weeks at Triple-A Indianapolis. The 29-year-old will supply some much-needed infield depth with Colin Moran (wrist) recently landing on the injured list and Erik Gonzalez (side) exiting Thursday's game. Difo slashed .244/.287/.366 with a homer, six RBI and seven runs in 87 plate appearances across the first two-plus months of the season before the demotion.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Stays in organization

    The Pirates outrighted Difo to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday after he cleared waivers, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    The utility man no longer possesses a spot on the 40-man roster, but he'll remain in the organization after none of MLB's other 29 teams were willing to put in a waiver claim for him. Prior to being designated for assignment by Pittsburgh, Difo appeared in 44 games and slashed .244/.287/.366 with one home run, seven runs and six RBI.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Designated for assignment

    The Pirates designated Difo for assignment Tuesday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    Difo has been a somewhat capable offensive performer, hitting .244 with six RBI in a backup role, but apparently he didn't do enough to keep a roster spot now that Phillip Evans (hamstring) is healthy. Difo's defensive versatility may be intriguing to some teams, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him claimed off waivers.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Drives in three Sunday

    Difo went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Cubs.

    The center field start was his second in a row, but with Ben Gamel joining the team, Difo could return to the bench. In fact, he's started just six games all season long. Prior to Sunday, Difo had done his best work as a pinch hitter, going 6-for-17 with a triple, home run and three RBI.

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  • Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Strikes out four times Tuesday

    Difo went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in Tuesday's 8-4 win over the Padres.

    The Pirates were hitting the ball all over the place in Tuesday's win, but Difo was an exception, as he was the only hitter aside from pitcher Chad Kuhl who failed to reach base. The 29-year-old achieved the infamous golden sombrero by striking out swinging four times. He'll likely take a seat in Wednesday's game and hope to put this abominable performance behind him.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Age: 30
Experience: 4
Bats/Throws: S, R