The Columbus Clippers have announced that third baseman Giovanny Urshela has been placed on the minor-league seven-day disabled list with an injured right hamstring. Yandy Diaz, who has not played since May 9 with a hand injury, was transferred to Triple-A to replace him.
Giovanny Urshela injured his hamstring pulling into second base on a double last night, an injury that was not made apparent until the announcement earlier today. Since starting the season in Triple-A to work on his plate approach, Urshela has slashed .277/.311/.375 with a 4.9 percent walk rate and a 13.9 percent strikeout rate. This includes a streak of games where he recorded 11 hits and a home run in a week's worth of games, enough to make him the International League's Player of the Week.
Yandy Diaz got his first taste of Triple-A action last season, going 3-for-19 and striking out five times in four games with the Columbus Clippers. He was sent back down to Double-A to start 2016 with Urshela taking his spot in Columbus. He has been spectacular for the Akron RubberDucks in 2016, slashing .286/.445/.381 with a 21.8 percent walk rate in 26 games. He has not played since May 9, however, when he took a pitch off the hand. Todd Paquette recently noted that Diaz had x-rays on the hand, which revealed no fracture, thankfully. Just a lot of swelling and pain.
Second baseman Yhoxian Medina took Urshela's place last night after the injury, going 2-for-3 with a home run. Diaz will still likely get the playing time at third base while Urshela nurses his sore hamstring. Diaz is getting the start in today's Clippers game (at DH), which is underway as of this writing. Ronny Rodriguez is manning third base.
In other minor-league injury news, shortstop Eric Stamets has been added to the seven-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and catcher Sicnarf Loopstock has been activated for the Lynchburg Hillcats.