Bucs Activate Diaz, Place Stallings on IL

Pirates get back a key bat as Elias Diaz joins rejoins the team

Noah Hiles
April 21, 2019 - 12:11 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Prior to the start of their game on Sunday against San Francisco, the Pirates announced their latest roster move which will add another big bat to their first place lineup. After missing a large portion of spring training due to a virus, catcher Elias Diaz will rejoin the Buccos today, following his rehab stints in Bradenton (Advanced A), Altoona (AA) and Indianapolis (AAA).

Last season, Diaz was a solid power bat for the Buccos, slashing .286/.339/.452 while hitting 10 home runs in only 252 at bats. The platoon of Diaz and Francisco Cervelli meshed well in 2018, providing Pittsburgh with consistent production both offensively and behind the plate. 

When asked about Diaz in his meeting with the media before his team's game on Sunday, Hurdle said "We are bringing in another player that has value. He has history and a bit of street credit with this group. He brings energy to the club house and has worked very hard to get back."

Hurdle continued saying, "Diaz's value behind the plate is real. He has worked very hard to improve with his bat as well."

Cerveilli will get the start this afternoon for the Pirates but it can be expected that Diaz will be making his first start of 2019 in the upcoming series against Arizona in the next four days. In a corresponding move to recalling Diaz, Pittsburgh has retroactively placed backup catcher, Jacob Stallings on the 10-day IL with a cervical neck strain. In 11 games this season, Stallings is hitting .273 with an OPS of .545.