Elias Diaz Experiencing Lateral Right Elbow Discomfort

BRADENTON, Fla. – Elias Diaz is experiencing lateral right elbow discomfort, per a Pirates press release. The current plan is to rest and receive treatments. He will be re-evaluated in about a week, and that will determine his return to playing.

Hopefully this is minor and doesn’t impact the start of his season. Diaz is one of the best defensive catchers in all of minor league baseball, in large part due to his elite arm. He’s also the top depth option for Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart. Both catchers stayed relatively healthy in 2015, but counting on that to happen again in 2016, with their injury histories, is being too optimistic. It’s very likely that Diaz would be needed at some point this season in Pittsburgh.

We’ll provide more updates on this situation when they come, which might be Wednesday during the next team injury update.

  • This is not good………catchers and quarterbacks in camp, there is always too damn much throwing. These guys are not machines.

  • Ok, I’m going with this comment again… Oh CRAP….

  • Pirates’ Luck™

  • Bring back Wyatt Toregas??

    He’s our manager at W Va (I think).

    Does he have anything left? Did he EVER have anything left?

  • After reading this, I am experiencing a little bit of discomfort of my own…a little lower in the anatomy though.

  • Jacob Stallings isn’t a bad option.

  • If the Diaz injury is long-term, the Pirates might have to seriously (re-)consider an extension for Cervelli at the 3 year/$39mm number,

    • Like to see this anyways.

      • Agreed. It was rumored that Cervelli would accept the exact extension I outlined. Nutting on the other hand…

        • $39 million dollars for a 30 year old catcher, who had one career year, is injury prone and plays a position that is well stocked with prospects. Plus, is so emotional that a slump or demotion would do this to him… “Cervelli was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to begin the 2012 season, with Chris Stewart winning the job as Martin’s backup. Cervelli admitted that he moped following the demotion, until his parents visited him during the season and refocused him on improving his game”.

          No thanks, I love him for this year, but a $39 million dollar investment that will cost us some other talented player in the future… I am glad Nutting is the owner Zachary, he turned this club around by making better decisions than that.

          • A lot of great points. However, I think one of the the biggest reasons for the Pirates turn around is stability at the catching position. RM is years away from being ready and if Diaz’s injury is long-term, who catches then? Stewart? $39 million in baseball for a starting catcher is like paying a left tackle 5 million a year. Not a huge investment, relatively speaking.

            • Not at all wrong, but the point is whether or not you’ll actually be getting a starter-quality catcher for that duration.

  • pierogieking
    March 21, 2016 3:21 pm

    Is this a precursor to TJ or is this a different part of the elbow? This doesn’t sound good…

    • Isnt this tennis elbow? Or the area where its generally called tennis elbow?

      • pierogieking
        March 21, 2016 3:41 pm

        After googling around a little bit I think it is tennis elbow. I hate to see this guy miss too much time.

        • Without a doubt him missing time sucks, but in the grand scheme of things i do hope its something of that ilk that the vast majority of the time doesnt require surgery.

          • But also can linger for MONTHS- I’ve had tennis elbow for about 6 months and it won’t go away, in my non-throwing arm no less. Typically though, a cortisone shot can go a long way toward relieving it

            • For sure, it’d be an injury where you’d want 0 use of that area and shots on a semi regular basis.

              Which, for his offensive progress, would suck if he misses half this year (being generous to his pain and timeline). But i would take that over any surgery he’d have to have. Outside of the elbow is less scary than inside of the elbow as i understand it.

              • absolutely- it won’t require surgery, but the down side of it is………there is no surgery, its just sit and wait and wait and wait and wait. sometimes its nice to just have surgery and get to rehab knowing its fixed versus a overuse injury which just takes its time and doesn’t care what happens. More annoying for the player is: you can play through it. No player is going to want to sit and watch his muscle and timing lapse for something you can “put up with”

                • No player wants to, but he’ll do it. It is annoying for him, but thats really irrelevant when longterm health comes into play. You’ve got the medical staff to come out with the best option going forward.

                  Its far from assured it’ll last 6 months, and risks in surgery arent small. Even a quick search of medical sites shows a timeline of 4-6 months before returning to full athletic activity, and that loss of strength isnt uncommon. You avoid loss of strength like the plague as a player in your throwing arm.

                  • yeah, i doubt it would last that long maybe 3-4 weeks, 6 at most when you have someone giving you treatment every day

                  • Do you mean after surgery there is no athletic activity for 4-6 months? As a result of that possible loss of strength is the arm?

                    • Im by no means an expert, but yes from the very generic searches on medical sites a surgery to repair what we’d think of as tennis elbow would mean 4-6 months downtime, and a chance of strength in that arm that many sites call “not assured but not rare”.

                      Id think the team and player would agree to wait awhile before surgery in that case, since the majority of people with this injury recover without surgery.

            • Try eccentric training. It works.

              • This guy gets it.

                • I’ve seen so many struggle with tendonitis and the only proactive way to treat I know is eccentric training. It’s in the literature, but is never prescribed.

        • my understanding is that the tendon goes through an opening of some sort and when that tendon becomes irritated it is inflamed and that is why you need to really rest to get that inflammation down to reduce the irritation. Probably pro trainer have an assortment of treatments to help that.