Diaz went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a walk in a win over the Angels on Monday.
Teammates Willy Adames and Manuel Margot provided the biggest blasts of the night, but Diaz was productive with some "small ball" contributions. The 29-year-old's seventh multi-hit effort of the season snapped a brief 1-for-10 funk that had encompassed his prior four games.
Diaz is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Yoshi Tsutsugo will fill in at first base for Diaz, who has fallen into a 5-for-35 slump over his past 11 games. Meanwhile, Tsutsugo is slashing .164/.233/.209 on the season, so he wouldn't appear to be a serious threat to unseat Diaz for an everyday role at this point.
Diaz is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Tampa Bay will go with Joey Wendle and Mike Brosseau as its corner infielders while Diaz takes a seat in the series finale. Diaz had started each of the past seven games, going 5-for-23 while drawing six walks.
Diaz went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a run in a loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.
Austin Meadows moved down to the No. 3 spot in the lineup in a same-handed matchup versus Steven Matz, affording Diaz his fifth start out of the top of the order versus a southpaw this season. The burly infielder is now slashing an uneven .254/.413/.305, and although the minuscule slugging percentage is largely due to the fact he's yet to leave the yard through 75 plate appearances, Diaz already matched last season's doubles tally with his third two-bagger of the season Friday.
Diaz is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Royals, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
He is hitting .324 with a .464 OBP and one extra-base hit (a double) over his last 10 games. Yoshi Tsutsugo will start at first base while Austin Meadows gets the start at designated hitter.
Diaz went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in a loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.
Diaz owns a stellar .395 on-base percentage thanks in large part to his 15.8 percent walk rate, but he'd otherwise found success at the plate somewhat fleeting prior to Tuesday's production. Diaz has now reached safely in four straight games, but his anemic .323 slugging percentage underscores the fact he only has a pair of doubles in terms of extra-base hits over his first 38 plate appearances.
Diaz is not in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays' heavy rotation policy won't be changing any time soon, though Diaz has managed to find himself in the lineup far more often than not. He'll sit Monday for just the second time in the season's first 10 games. Yoshi Tsutsugo will start at first base in his absence.
Diaz isn't starting Monday's game against the Red Sox, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Diaz had a strong performance Saturday against the Marlins with a double and two RBI, but he'll get a breather for Monday's series opener against Boston. Yoshi Tsutsugo will shift to first base Monday while Austin Meadows serves as the designated hitter.
Diaz went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and a run in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.
The burly infielder's fifth-inning two-bagger snapped a 4-4 tie and gave Diaz his first first two RBI of the season. Through three games, the 29-year-old has shown encouraging signs of carrying over his strong spring work at the plate, collecting three hits overall and striking out only once.
Diaz went 2-for-2 with a solo home run, an RBI groundout and a walk in a Grapefruit League win over the Red Sox on Friday, pushing his spring average to .290 (9-for-31) across 14 games.
Diaz was hitting just .188 as recently as March 16, but he subsequently picked up the pace at the plate and now has at least one RBI in six of his last eight exhibitions. The fact the burly infielder's late-spring surge has included a pair of round trippers is particularly encouraging, as Diaz has been working on squaring up on the ball with more authority following a nearly 15.0 percent drop in hard-contact rate and a tally of just five extra-base hits over 138 plate appearances in 2020.
Diaz is hitting just .188 (3-for-16) across eight spring games, but he's looked improved defensively after working on conditioning and agility this offseason, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Topkin notes Diaz made several impressive plays at third base during Tuesday's win, web gems he complemented with an RBI single as part of a seven-run second frame for the Rays. Diaz does have five RBI overall this spring despite just three hits, and he's continued to display a good eye at the plate with four walks and just two strikeouts (21 plate appearances).
Diaz is 1-for-5 with a walk and two RBI across his first three Grapefruit League games.
Diaz reported to spring camp a bit lighter than last season with a goal of improving his agility in the field, but he's still packing plenty of muscle and hoping to significantly improve on his average of one home run per 69 plate appearances in 2020. In contrast, Diaz averaged one round tripper per 24.8 plate appearances in 2019 while slugging a career-high 14 homers; a similar ratio of power production in 2021 would certainly go a long way toward boosting the overall potency of a Rays squad that was in the middle of the pack with just 80 home runs across 60 games a year ago.
Diaz reportedly worked on his agility this offseason after experiencing a power drain and struggling some with his defense in 2020, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 29-year-old's .307 average and .428 on-base percentage were essentially above reproach, but his anemic .386 slugging percentage was largely the byproduct of Diaz lacing just five extra-base hits (three doubles, two home runs) across 138 plate appearances. A hamstring injury also plagued Diaz throughout all of September, and he was limited to just one start at third base when he returned for the postseason because of concerns about his range. The fruits of Diaz's offseason labor will have a chance to reveal themselves during spring training, when his primary spot in the infield should be determined.
Diaz went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored Sunday in the Rays' 4-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the series.
With lefty Clayton Kershaw starting for the Dodgers, Rays manager Kevin Cash elected to roll with Diaz at first base over Mike Brosseau, who had been serving as the main short-side platoon mate for the lefty-hitting Ji-Man Choi during the postseason. The decision to start Diaz paid dividends, as the 29-year-old put the Rays on the board with his RBI triple in the second inning. The Dodgers are projected to start right-handers Tony Gonsolin and Walker Buehler in the final two games of the series, so Diaz will likely retreat to a bench role while Choi and Joey Wendle man the corner-infield spots for Tampa Bay.
Diaz is out of the lineup Monday for Game 2 of the Rays' ALCS matchup with the Astros, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays will play their ninth postseason game Monday, but Diaz has cracked the lineup on only five occasions, with two starts coming versus left-handed pitchers. After missing the final month of the regular season with a hamstring injury, Diaz hasn't quite found his swing in the postseason with two hits (both singles) in 13 at-bats, though he's at least drawn eight walks while striking out only four times. Since he'll be sitting out against a right-hander (Lance McCullers) in Game 2, the righty-hitting Diaz could be ticketed for a short-side platoon role for the remainder of the Rays' postseason run.
Diaz is out of the lineup Wednesday for Game 3 of the Rays' ALDS matchup with the Yankees, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
He'll sit out of the second straight contest, this time giving way to Yoshi Tsutsugo, who will serve as the team's designated hitter and will bat fifth. Since being activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of the postseason, Diaz has appeared in two games, going 0-for-6 with three walks and a run scored.
Diaz is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Diaz led off in Game 1, going hitless with a walk. Austin Meadows (oblique) will serve as the leadoff man and designated hitter for Game 2.
Diaz (hamstring) will start at third base and will bat cleanup Wednesday in Game 2 of the Rays' wild-card series with the Blue Jays, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Diaz will pick up his first start since Aug. 31, as he was sidelined for much of the past month with a right hamstring strain before he was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's postseason opener. Though he went unused in the Rays' 3-1 win, Diaz is expected to be a regular in the Rays' lineup during the team's postseason run so long as his hamstring holds up.
Diaz is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the Wild Card Round against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Diaz made the postseason roster despite missing all of September with a hamstring issue. It's not clear whether the injury is still lingering and forcing him into a bench role or if the Rays simply prefer Joey Wendle at third base against righties like White Sox starter Lucas Giolito.
Diaz (hamstring) will be on the Rays' playoff roster, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Diaz missed all of September with a hamstring injury, but he's been working out and participating in simulated games over the past week and is now ready to go. He started the majority of the Rays' games prior to the injury and will likely fill a fairly significant role during the postseason.
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