BRADENTON, Fla. - About a week ago, Elias Diaz was reaching the end of an unthinkable situation. His mother had been kidnapped, and was held four days by the kidnappers, before finally being recovered last Sunday. The Pirates gave Diaz some extra time off to deal with his family, rather than having to report to camp last week. He arrived yesterday, and discussed the situation with the media, saying that his mother was doing well.
"This was a very tough situation," Diaz said through translator Mike Gonzalez. "Very hard to deal with. My mom was just hanging outside with a friend, just having a conversation, and those men arrived and kidnapped her. The first thing we did was contact the police. ... Thank God that four days later we were able to find her and get her back home."
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