By Jason Shetler
The Pirates announced on Wednesday that Elias Diaz will be shutdown for the year due to an infection in his left leg.
Aside from the leg infection, Diaz also missed a good amount of time earlier this year when he sustained an elbow injury during Spring Training, which required surgery. The procedure caused him to be placed on the 60-day disabled list in May.
Diaz began a rehab assignment for the Bradenton Marauders on July 4th. His rehab was then moved to Altoona before reaching Indianapolis on July 19th. The Pirates recalled Diaz on July 23rd when Eric Fryer went on paternity leave, and played just one game before being optioned back to Indianapolis following Fryer’s return. Combined with Bradenton, Altoona and Indianapolis, Diaz posted a .670 OPS, while throwing out 12 baserunners in 33 games caught behind the plate.
On Monday, Diaz arrived to Pittsburgh, and there was speculation if he was being added to the roster, but as it turned out, he was being checked out by Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk regarding the leg infection. Even if Diaz was a September call up, it’s likely he wouldn’t have received that much playing time anyway. Although the extension of Francisco Cervelli will affect Diaz for the time being, the Pirates could always trade Chris Stewart and his very inexpensive contract in the offseason, which would allow Diaz to be Cervelli’s backup next year.