Diaz is sidelined with a minor ankle injury at Triple-A Columbus, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Indians' manager Terry Francona remarked on Diaz's status prior to the club's game Saturday, but didn't specify the exact nature of his injury, besides deeming it as minor. Diaz hasn't played since April 30 due to this issue. Expect the third baseman to return to action at some point next week.
Diaz was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Monday, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
Diaz was expected to serve a utility role for the Indians this season, and while he may still do so, that won't happen right away. Diaz has little left to prove at the Triple-A level; he's hit .331/.419/.455 in 184 games at Triple-A over his career. In 49 games with Cleveland last year, he hit .263/.352/.327 with no home runs. He hits the ball hard but far too often on the ground (59 percent groundball rate last year), limiting his power potential. Still, it's a profile that's good enough to work in a utility role, so Diaz should be back with the team at some point this season.
Diaz (groin) is currently without restriction following the right groin strain suffered in November, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Diaz sustained the injury playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for Leones del Caracas, but has since undergone successful rehab in time for spring training. The 25-year-old slashed .263/.352/.327 in 179 plate appearances for the Indians in last season, with most of his at-bats coming as a third baseman. Diaz is likely to serve a similar role for Cleveland in 2018, and his potential role should become clearer with spring training now underway.
Diaz is being evaluated in Cleveland for a right groin strain, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Diaz was playing for Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League when he picked up the injury. The severity of the issue remains unclear, leaving his status for the remainder of winter ball up in the air. More should be known following his evaluation.
Diaz is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners.
Diaz started regularly at third base to open the month, but he will open on the bench Saturday for the fourth day in a row while Giovanny Urshela gets another start at third base.
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