Diaz hit .345 (10-for-29) with a triple, two RBI, two walks and one run across 11 Grapefruit League games before spring training was suspended.
The 28-year-old was one of the Rays' hottest hitters during the abbreviated exhibition slate, further solidifying his spot as a lineup fixture. Diaz slashed a solid .267/.340/.476 across a career-high 347 plate appearances in 2019, a line that was partly comprised of a career-high 14 home runs. Diaz projects to frequently slot into the coveted leadoff role when the Rays face a left-hander in the coming season while also logging plenty of time against right-handed pitching.
Diaz is expected to open the season as the Rays' primary leadoff option against left-handed pitching, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Diaz only hit at the top of the order in one of his 11 Grapefruit League starts, but the Rays are apparently inclined to deploy him in the short side of a leadoff platoon with the lefty-hitting Austin Meadows. Considering Diaz slotted anywhere between second and fourth in his other 10 spring starts, he looks set to occupy a prominent lineup spot against righties in most games as well, though he'll be a candidate to sit on days when manager Kevin Cash wants to clear room at a corner-infield spot for Joey Wendle or Yoshi Tsutsugo.
Diaz has appeared in 10 Grapefruit League games to date, going 8-for-26 at the plate with two RBI and a 2:6 BB:K.
Diaz's best game of the spring came in his most recent appearance Monday, when he went 2-for-2 with a triple in a 2-2 tie with the Pirates. He served as the cleanup hitter against Pittsburgh righty Mitch Keller in a lineup consisting primarily of everyday players, so Diaz looks like he might have the opportunity to occupy a spot in the heart of the order once the regular season arrives.
Diaz (foot) is not in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Astros on Thursday.
Diaz remains sidelined Thursday after exiting Game 3 with a foot injury. Joey Wendle will start at third base, batting seventh.
Diaz (foot) is not in the starting lineup for Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Astros on Tuesday.
Diaz exited Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday with a sore foot and will be held out of the starting lineup Tuesday, although he remains on the team's active roster. Joey Wendle will start at third base, batting seventh.
Diaz (foot) remains on the Rays' roster, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Diaz left Game 3 of the ALDS against the Astros on Monday with a sore foot, a particularly concerning injury given that foot issues cost him much of the second half of the season. The issue evidently isn't too serious this time around, however, but it's not yet clear if he'll be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 4.
Diaz left Monday's game against the Astros with left foot soreness, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
It's a discouraging diagnosis for Diaz, who missed most of the second half with a bruised foot. It's not clear if he'll be able to return for the rest of the series should the Rays survive past Game 3.
Diaz will bat leadoff and play first base in Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game in Oakland, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Diaz was expected to be limited to designated hitter duty after missing most of the second half with a bruised foot, but he has apparently been cleared to take the field. It should be noted that the Rays will bat first and are a famously creative team, however, so there's at least a chance that Diaz takes his at-bat and then is replaced in the bottom half of the inning.
Diaz is on the Rays' roster for Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game in Oakland.
Diaz missed most of the second half with a bruised left foot, but he returned to start Sunday's season finale. He won't be able to take the field during the playoffs but will be able to serve as a designated hitter.
Diaz (foot) was activated off the 60-day injured list ahead of Sunday's finale at Toronto, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Diaz has been sidelined with the bruised left foot since late July but will rejoin the Rays for the final game of the regular season. The 28-year-old will be limited to serving as the designated hitter during the playoffs, which begin with Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game in Oakland. Diaz will bat leadoff as the DH on Sunday, per Josh Tolentino of The Athletic.
Diaz (foot) is expected to be activated Sunday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Diaz has been out with a bruised foot since late July but will be ready to go for the playoffs. He's expected to be limited to a designated hitter role.
Diaz (foot) will play in an instructional league game Saturday with the goal of being activated from the 60-day injured list Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Diaz has been out with a foot contusion since late July and had seemingly been ruled out for the year, but he's finally making good progress. He'll have a shot to play in one final regular-season game and he could be a factor in the playoffs, should the Rays qualify.
Diaz (foot) worked out at Tropicana Field on Thursday in his ongoing attempt for a potential postseason return, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Diaz is also slated for instructional league at-bats Saturday as he continues a quest that may have seemed a bit farfetched just a few weeks ago. Diaz has been sidelined by a left foot fracture since mid-July, and his activation would require the clearing of a spot on the 40-man roster.
Diaz (foot) is expected to get at-bats in the instructional league, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
This is an encouraging sign for Diaz, who has been sidelined since late July with a foot contusion. His timetable remains unclear, though a return during the postseason seems possible if the Rays make a deep enough run.
Diaz (foot) fielded grounders Tuesday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Diaz, who has been sidelined since late July with a foot contusion, said he initially dealt with some pain but ultimately felt OK. While this is a step in the right direction for the third baseman, he still isn't expected to return this season unless the Rays make a deep run in the playoffs.
Diaz (foot) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
When Diaz suffered a setback earlier this month, it was reported that he was likely done for the season. This move doesn't officially take him out of the mix for the rest of the year -- he'd be eligible to return for the final week or so -- but we've almost certainly seen the last of Diaz in 2019. Ricardo Pinto took his spot on the 40-man roster.
Diaz (foot) had a setback and will likely miss the rest of the season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
He was originally placed on the IL with a foot contusion in late July, but apparently suffered a setback while working on fielding drills during his rehab. Per Topkin, the 28-year-old was diagnosed with an uncommon hairline fracture in his left foot after a CT scan. The Rays are giving a 6-to-8-week timetable for him to resume baseball activities, so the soonest he could return would be around the start of the playoffs, and that's in a best-case scenario. Matt Duffy and Mike Brosseau will handle the work at third base going forward. Once Joey Wendle (wrist) returns, he could also join that mix.
Diaz (foot) fielded grounders Tuesday but isn't ready to return to action just yet, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Diaz hasn't played since fouling a ball off his foot back on July 22. He reportedly didn't look sharp while fielding and was walking slowly. It's not clear when he's expected to return.
Diaz (foot) ran on the treadmill for the first time since landing on the injured list Saturday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Diaz has been out since fouling a ball off his foot July 22. He's reportedly still feeling some discomfort, so his return doesn't appear imminent, but he's trending in the right direction. Matt Duffy has emerged as the everyday third baseman in Diaz's absence, though Diaz can also play first base or serve as the designated hitter.
Diaz (foot) has yet to resume baseball activities, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
Diaz has been on the injured list for a week with a bruised left foot. He doesn't appear to be particularly close to returning to action in the eyes of Rays manager Kevin Cash, who Tuesday labeled Diaz as "a ways away" from returning, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Matt Duffy has started every game at third base in his absence.
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