Diaz hit .263 (41-for-56) with eight doubles and 13 RBI for the Tribe. He did not make the ALDS roster, but was missed when Encarnacion was injured in Game 2 because the Indians were short a right-handed hitter.
Francona (on Diaz and the playoff roster): #8220;The idea was that he hadn#8217;t played a ton and he wasn#8217;t swinging the bat like he had been. And then, when we tried to put our roster together, we had Brantley and Chisenhall, and the idea was to be really good defensively and we could pinch-hit where we wanted.
Francona: I could see Yandy potentially being our third baseman. He could probably do other things also. It#8217;ll be nice to have a whole spring with him where the major league staff is with him and he can work at one position.
#8220;As we saw, things unfolded vastly different. All of a sudden, Edwin#8217;s not available. There goes one of our hitters. And we didn#8217;t particularly catch the ball all that good, either. So, it didn#8217;t work out the way we anticipated.#8221;