Diaz owns an underwhelming .225/.350/.292 slash line over eight minor-league seasons. The 32-year-old infielder has logged just 55 major-league at-bats since being drafted in 2006 by Toronto, and his window of opportunity to reappear in MLB has all but officially closed. It would take an overwhelming series of injuries and suspensions for Diaz to get back under the bright lights.
The shortstop's fourth-inning shot tied him with Jose Ramirez for the team lead in home runs (five). Lindor is off to a powerful start in comparison to previous campaigns. In 2015 and 2016, it took him 165 and 237 plate appearances, respectively, to reach five homers. This year, he got there in just 82 chances. Last season, Lindor heated up with the weather, so a quick jump out of the gate in April gives the 23-year-old a shot at putting up big numbers in 2017.
It's been an awful start for the shortstop, as he's currently sporting a .197/.286/.295 slash line. However, Correa is locked into the heart of the lineup and posted a respectable .812 OPS during his age-21 campaign, so there is no questioning his talent and fantasy upside. Additionally, the homer probably proves he's completely past the hand contusion that cost him three games earlier this week.
After breaking out with a 30-home run campaign in 2016, Miller has just a single round tripper and an underwhelming .246/.358/.420 slash line this season. This was also just his fourth multi-hit game of the year. He'll probably continue to hit in the heart of the order against right-handed pitchers, which will help his counting stats, but his current 29.6 strikeout percentage is a concern.
Segura has played in rehab games the last two days with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, playing shortstop while going a combined 1-for-6 at the dish in those contests. He'll play in another game Sunday with Northwest Arkansas, and if his hamstring checks out fine during the contest, the Mariners would likely immediately insert him back into the lineup. Segura's return will likely result in utility man Taylor Motter seeing most of his duties in the corner outfield.
After recording eight extra-base hits in his first nine games of the season, Andrus has cooled off in the power department, but that won't prevent manager Jeff Banister from giving him a look in the heart of the lineup. Expect Andrus to move back to either the No. 2 or 6 spot in the order during the series opener with the Twins on Monday, when Mike Napoli is expected to reclaim cleanup duties following a one-game rest.
Beckham was once again productive from the nine-hole, with Saturday's effort representing the sixth game in the last seven in which he's hit safely. The 27-year-old utility man has all three of his multi-hit performances over that span, with Saturday marking both his first three-hit game of the season and his first triple. His current streak of success has raised his average nearly 100 points from .156 to .254.
Polanco has started five of the last six games but has recorded only three hits in 16 at-bats, so manager Paul Molitor will give the young shortstop a day off and see if Eduardo Escobar can provide more of an offensive spark. Escobar will bat seventh in the lineup Sunday, while Max Kepler will move up to the No. 2 spot in the order in Polanco's absence.
At this point in time, the Blue Jays don't believe that Tulowitzki's injury is very severe. However, injuries have been an issue for Tulowitzki in recent seasons and he hasn't played more than 131 games since 2011. Until he's ready to return, look for Darwin Barney and Ryan Goins to split time at shortstop.
Wilner goes on to note that Tulowitzki is absent entirely from the lineup card, which would suggest Tulowitzki is going on the DL. The Blue Jays have yet to formally announce any DL moves. Tulowitzki left Friday's game with what the team called right hamstring tightness.