Rays infielder Yandy Diaz has suffered a setback in his attempt to rehab back from a foot injury, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (Twitter links). He’s expected to be shut down for six to eight weeks before resuming baseball activities.
The club says that Diaz is dealing with a hairline fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot. While he won’t need surgery, the injury will require time to heal.
Given the timing, it’s hard to imagine that Diaz will make it back to the playing field this season. That has not been ruled out officially, but even a late-September resumption of baseball activities wouldn’t seem to leave time for Diaz to ramp back up to game speed.
It’s quite unfortunate news for the Tampa Bay organization and the 28-year-old Diaz. He had been providing quality all-around work from both corner infield slots. Through 344 plate appearances, Diaz carries a strong .270/.343/.480 slash line with 14 home runs.
Fortunately, the Rays have quite a few options at the hot corner. Matt Duffy and Mike Brosseau are probably the top candidates, with Daniel Robertson another possibility on the 40-man. The second/third-base mix also includes two other currently IL’ed players in Brandon Lowe and Joey Wendle.