Diaz started at third base and went 2-for-4 in Thursday's 8-2 loss to the Twins.
The start was Diaz's third straight, following a start at first base and his first-career start in left field. It's been difficult for manager AJ Hinch to get him regular at-bats, so this may be a concerted effort to get Diaz's bat going. The 28-year-old utility player has hit groundballs on 53.7 percent of his batted balls, 13 points higher than his rate as a regular with the Blue Jays last season and nearly 10 points higher than his career groundball rate. Unless there's an injury, Diaz will need to be content playing two-to-three times per week.
Diaz started in left field and went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Twins.
Manager AJ Hinch wanted to rest Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick, a pair of left-handed hitters, so the right-handed hitting Diaz was part of an all-righty lineup against Minnesota southpaw Martin Perez. It was the second straight day that Diaz has been in the starting lineup, his first back-to-back starts since the first two games of the season. The Astros' original plan was to have Diaz get ample time in the outfield, though the idea was scuttled during spring training, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle/.
Diaz started at first base in place of the slumping Yuli Gurriel and went 0-for-4 with an RBI in Tuesday's 11-0 win over the Twins.
Diaz's playing time has been inconsistent -- just six starts over the last 23 days -- which appears to have impacted his bat. He's hitting just .205 over 13 games. He has value for his versatility, which was on display Tuesday when he moved from first to second then to shortstop, but the bat needs to get going to make use of his flexibility.
Diaz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 3-2 win over Seattle.
Diaz's seventh-inning home run was the game-winning hit and clinched the Astros' series sweep over the AL West leading Mariners. It was Diaz's second homer in what has been a season of inconsistent playing time. The utility infielder entered Sunday's game with just 19 plate appearances through Houston's first 15 games.
Diaz entered as a pinch runner after Alex Bregman was pulled from Tuesday's game with a hamstring injury.
Diaz stayed in the game and played first base while Yuli Gurriel slid across the diamond to third base. Bregman is still being evaluated. If he's forced to sit out Wednesday's game against the Yankees, Diaz could find himself in the lineup against Yankee left-hander James Paxton.
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