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Tampa Bay Rays activate INF Yandy Diaz, option RHP Hunter Wood

Diaz returns to the Rays lineup

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Prior to Thursday’s series finale against the Minnesota Twins, the Tampa Bay Rays have activated infielder Yandy Diaz off of the 10-day Injured List and have optioned right-handed pitcher Hunter Wood to Triple-A Durham.

Diaz rejoins the Rays after a brief stint on the IL as he dealt with some hamstring tightness. The injury did not require any rehab time for Diaz and the Rays will be extremely glad to have his bat back in the starting lineup. He is having a breakout campaign for Kevin Cash and the Rays as he is hitting .286/.363/.502 with 11 HR over 248 plate appearances, accruing a total of 1.4 fWAR over 56 games.

Diaz is finally being given the opportunity to play every day after being used sparingly in the majors by the Cleveland Indians during the 2017-2018 seasons.

Diaz is batting fourth and playing over at third base for today’s afternoon game against the Twins.

This will be the third time this month that the Rays have optioned Hunter Wood to the minor leagues. The 25 year old has pitched well for the Rays this season, appearing in 15 games — 2 starts — accruing a 2.25 ERA / 3.48 FIP over 24 innings pitched.