Diaz started in right field and went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Yankees.
Diaz replaced the slumping Kyle Tucker, but manager Dusty Baker affirmed that this was a temporary assignment, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. "This is temporary," the manager said. "This is today. Might not even be the whole game. Kyle was hitting the ball great and then the last few games he's been struggling." Sure enough, Tucker replaced Diaz later in the game.
Houston manager Dusty Baker plans to work Diaz into right field, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Diaz was mostly a shortstop and third baseman prior to joining the Astros, who have expanded his positional competency. He's filled in at first base, second base and left field during his time in Houston. The addition of right field to his portfolio would give Baker an option to the struggling Kyle Tucker, whose 0-for-4 effort on Saturday dropped his season average to .173.
Diaz went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and four RBI in Friday's 9-2 win over the Rays.
The utility player was right at the heart of a big night by the Houston offense, collecting one RBI on a third-inning groundout and another on a single in the seventh before capping the team's scoring with a two-run double in the ninth. Diaz heads into May hitting .259 with one homer, seven runs and 11 RBI through 17 games.
Diaz is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
After recently starting nine times during a 10-game span, Diaz will be on the bench for the third day in a row Wednesday. The return of Jose Altuve from the COVID-19 injured list earlier this week appears to have closed Diaz's window for regular playing time. He'll now transition back into a utility role, which may only afford him a start or two per week when the Astros have their full complement of position players available.
Diaz isn't starting Saturday's game against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Diaz had started each of the last eight games and went 7-for-31 with three doubles, four RBI, two runs and seven strikeouts during that time. Robel Garcia will start at second base and bat seventh.
Diaz went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's 8-2 win over the Angels.
Diaz has started seven consecutive games and hit safely in the last six. He's been getting regular at-bats filling in at third base for Alex Bregman, who has since returned from the COVID-19 injured list, and at second base for Jose Altuve, who is still on the list. That window of opportunity is expected to close as soon as this weekend, when Altuve is projected to return. During Diaz's run as a fill-in, he's gone 7-for-27 with three doubles, four RBI and two runs scored.
Diaz started at second base and went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Mariners.
Diaz's second-inning double, Houston's lone hit, plated Carlos Correa to briefly knot the game at one run apiece. The offense could continue to slumber this week with a minor-league contingent filling in for three players unavailable due to health and safety protocols -- Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez. Diaz has alternated between third and second base and should continue to be an everyday presence at least through the rest of the road trip that ends Wednesday in Colorado.
Diaz started at third base and went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Friday's 6-5 loss to Seattle.
Diaz should be a busy man while several teammates, including second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman, serve time on the COVID-19 protocols list. He filled in for Altuve on Wednesday, then for Bregman on Friday. The team is also without utility infielder Robel Garcia (COVID-19 protocols). Diaz should be in the lineup regularly for as long as the Astros are without their infield regulars.
Diaz will start at second base and bat second Wednesday against the Tigers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
With the Astros placing five position players on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday -- including three everyday players in Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman -- Diaz looks poised to handle an everyday role for time being. He'll be directly filling in for Altuve on Wednesday, though Diaz could shift over to third base if Altuve happens to beat Bregman back from the IL. The clear path to playing time in the short term along with the favorable lineup spot could make Diaz a decent speculative pickup in deeper leagues until Houston activates both Altuve and Bregman.
Diaz went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Tuesday's victory over the Angels.
Diaz followed Kyle Tucker's lead, going back-to-back with a long ball against Dylan Bundy in the second inning to even up the score. It was the first homer of the season for the 30-year-old, who has been filling in for Michael Brantley (wrist) since he was hit by a pitch Saturday.
Diaz went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in Saturday's 9-1 win over the A's.
Seeing his first action of the season and getting the start at third base, Diaz was a key cog in the Astros' offensive explosion Saturday. The veteran utility player is looking to rebound after posting career lows in batting average (.241) and OBP (.254) in 2020, albeit in only 59 plate appearances, and Diaz could be right back in the lineup Sunday in left field if Michael Brantley (wrist) is held out after being hit by a pitch Saturday.
Diaz will bat third and play third base Saturday against Oakland, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Diaz battled a minor hamstring issue late in camp and didn't appear in either of the Astros' first two games. He'll be filling a key spot in the order in his season debut Saturday, slotting in between Michael Brantley and Kyle Tucker.
Diaz (hamstring) will bat ninth as the designated hitter in Friday's spring game against the Marlins, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
The 30-year-old hasn't seen game action since March 17 due to hamstring tightness, but he'll return to the lineup for Friday's contest. Diaz shouldn't have an issue being ready for Opening Day if he's cleared to play in the field within the next few days.
Diaz won't play in Wednesday's spring game against the Nationals due to hamstring tightness, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Manager Dusty Baker said that Diaz should be able to play Thursday after being held out Wednesday, and the issue isn't expected to impact the 30-year-old's availability for Opening Day. Diaz has appeared in 11 Grapefruit League games and has slashed .313/.376/.438 with two doubles, two RBI, two runs, five walks and two strikeouts.
Diaz started at third base and went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's spring game against the Marlins.
Diaz has filled his usual role this spring, playing first base (three games), shortstop (two) and third base (two) over seven Grapefruit League contests. With Alex Bregman's hamstring injury lingering and his spring debut undetermined, Diaz could focus on third base in the short term. He's 3-for-10 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored so far in spring training.
Diaz signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Astros on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
The two sides were able to settle on a figure for 2021 after the they were unable to reach an agreement last season, which led to an arbitration case that was won by Diaz. The 30-year-old missed most of the 2020 campaign due to injury and had a .241/.254/.483 slash line in 59 plate appearances. He's mostly been a bench piece or injury replacement during his two seasons in Houston, but he could have a larger role in 2021 following the departures of George Springer and Michael Brantley.
Diaz went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Wednesday's loss to the Athletics in Game 3 of the ALDS.
Diaz hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning off Jesus Luzardo, knocking in Yuli Gurriel to square the game at 4-4. The veteran made the most out of his first postseason start in 2020, considering the round tripper was his first ever in the playoffs.
Diaz went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's 6-1 loss to Texas.
Diaz got the start at first base, giving Yuli Gurriel a break from the field. Since returning from a quad injury Sept. 19, Diaz is 3-for-11 with three doubles and two runs scored. With the Astros having clinched a postseason berth, it would not be surprising to see Diaz get another start in Sunday's regular-season finale.
Diaz started at designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Mariners.
Diaz found himself in the lineup for a struggling Josh Reddick, who was replaced in right field by Kyle Tucker. Diaz has been dealing with injuries of late and played for just the second time in 12 days.
Diaz (quadriceps) is starting Saturday against the Diamondbacks, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Diaz didn't appear in any of the Astros' last five games after tweaking his quad last Saturday, but he'll return to action a week after suffering the injury. He should resume his role as one of the team's top reserve options in the infield over the remainder of the regular season.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/08||vs TOR||L 4-8||4||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/06||@ NYY||W 7-4||1||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/05||@ NYY||L 3-6||3||0||2||0||1||0||0|
|04/30||@ TB||W 9-2||5||1||2||0||4||0||0|
|04/29||vs SEA||L 0-1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|04/28||vs SEA||W 7-5||1||1||1||0||1||0||0|
|04/25||vs LAA||L 2-4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2014||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||13||44||5||10||2||0||2||6||7||10||1||0||.227||.352||.409|
|2018||AAX-New Hampshire Fisher||3||10||3||4||3||0||0||0||--||--||0||0||.400||.400||.700|
|2019||AAA-Round Rock Express||4||16||2||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||0||0||.125||.176||.125|
|2019||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||2||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||4||0||0||.000||.375||.000|