The Cleveland Indians have recalled third baseman and Man of Massive Biceps Yandy Diaz and optioned relief pitcher Shawn Armstrong, the team announced on Twitter.
Roster move today:— #VoteTribe 5x a day (@Indians) May 8, 2017
Yandy Diaz has been recalled from Columbus.
Shawn Armstrong optioned.
Yandy hit .395 in 12 games with the Clippers. pic.twitter.com/osbfklfHRk
Diaz, who was previously optioned to make room for Jason Kipnis last month, has done nothing but tear up Triple-A pitching in his short stint with the Columbus Clippers. In 12 games (55 plate appearances), the 25-year-old slashed .395/.509/.558, with a 7.3 percent strikeout rate and an astonishing 20 percent walk rate.
While Diaz struggled to lift the ball in his first stint with the Indians, leading to one of the hardest-hitting players in the majors having a .255 slugging percentage, he improved his fly ball percentage to 26.3 percent while in Triple-A, compared to the 9.5 percent he got the ball in the air with the Indians.
Don’t expect Diaz to be around long, though, unless the Indians are ready to commit to him being the floating utility man over Michael Martinez. Most likely, Diaz will be up while the Indians are in Toronto while Michael Brantley recovers from a sprained right ankle, then sent back down before the return home on Friday.
Seven of Diaz’s games with the Clippers this season were in the corner outfield spots, meaning he could likely slot into the outfield to replace Brantley for a game or two. Alternatively, the Indians could stick Yandy at third base like they did earlier this season and let Jose Ramirez float to the outfield, but that seems unlikely.