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Marlins 2B Isan Diaz Opts Out of 2020 Season

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After the Miami Marlins’ traveling clubhouse recorded 20 positive COVID-19 cases during the last week, star second baseman Isan Diaz is opting out of the 2020 season.

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Friday that Diaz was considering opting out, and the news became official when the Marlins placed Diaz on the restricted list.

“This has been a tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with this virus and see how quickly it spreads. After much deliberation and thought, I have made the difficult choice of opting out for the remainder of the 2020 season,” Diaz posted on his Instagram story.

“This has been a decision that I have discussed with my family, and I feel it’s the best one for me and my overall well-being. I will deeply miss my teammates and competing on the field. I wish my brothers the best and look forward to taking the field again with them soon!”

“This has been a tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with this virus, and see how quickly it spreads,” Diaz said on his Instagram story. “After much deliberation and thought, I have made the difficult choice of opting out for the remainder of the 2020 season. This has been a decision that I have discussed with my family, and I feel it’s the best one for me and my overall well-being. I will deeply miss my teammates and competing on the field. I wish my brothers the best and look forward to taking the field again with them soon!”

Diaz is the first member of the Marlins to opt-out, but 15 players have around the league have. He’s not one of the 18 Marlins players to reportedly test positive for COVID-19. Diaz will not account against Miami’s 60-man player pool throughout the rest of the season.

The 24-year-old Diaz batted is one of the most promising young players on the team. In 2019, Diaz batted .173, registered 31 hits, 23 RBI’s and five Home Runs, all in 49 games played. Isan hasn’t made a running start in the 2020 season, but has gotten some key hits in two starts for Miami.

The Marlins may look at middle infielder Jonathan Villar to be Diaz’s replacement. Villar is one of the players who have not tested positive for COVID-19 in Miami’s clubhouse so far. He’s has played most of his career as a second baseman so the fit could hold true.

The Miami Marlins are hopeful to start their season back up on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 3-game series.

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