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Tampa Bay Rays place Yandy Diaz on the Injured List, promote Nate Lowe

Lowe will likely make appearances at third base.

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Prior to Tuesday night’s contest against the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays have placed infielder Yandy Diez on the 10-day Injured List with a right hamstring strain and have activated infielder Nate Lowe to take his place on the roster.

Diaz has been an on base machine for the Tampa Bay Rays this season and has been tapping into his power over the past 10 games. Last night, Diaz felt some discomfort while running out a groundball. Although he would play defense the following inning, Diaz was eventually removed from the game with a hamstring concern. An MRI this morning revealed a strain.

Overall this season, Diaz has hit .307/.428/.386 with 2 HR over 138 plate appearances, registering 136 wRC+ and accruing 0.8 fWAR.

Nate Lowe received his first call up to the big league roster this season and he’ll be with the squad tonight as he traveled with the team to New York as part of their taxi-squad.

After a breakout campaign that launched him to the big leagues in 2019, Lowe has been relegated to the Rays alternate training site thus far in 2020 due to the continued success of Choi and Diaz, playing his role as depth the Rays have needed.

Typically a first baseman, during spring training Nate Lowe received some time at third base and one has to conclude he was getting plenty of time at the hot corner during the exhibitions being held in Port Charlotte.

With Diaz going down with injury, the Tampa Bay Rays will now currently have 13 players on the Injured List; 11 pitchers and 2 position players.