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Diamondbacks' Wilmer Difo: Dealing with visa problems

Difo remains in the Dominican Republic while handling a visa issue, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. Difo inked a minor-league contract March 19 with the hope of potentially competing for a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he has been unable to make his way to the United States at this point. It's unclear as to when he may be able to report to camp, though it won't be on a big-league roster.
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D-backs sign infielder Wilmer Difo to minor-league contract

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed veteran infielder Wilmer Difo to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training on Saturday. Difo, a 29-year-old switch hitter from the Dominican Republic, played 116 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, primarily at second base. He spent 2015-20 with the Washington Nationals before...
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Diamondbacks sign Wilmer Difo to minors contract

The Diamondbacks have inked utilityman Wilmer Difo to a minor league deal, FanSided’s Robert Murray reports (via Twitter). Difo receives an invitation to Arizona’s big league spring camp as part of the contract. Difo hit .269/.329/.384 over 240 plate appearances with the Pirates last season, appearing in 116...
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Diamondbacks' Wilmer Difo: Signs with Diamondbacks

Difo agreed to a minor-league deal with the Diamondbacks on Saturday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. In 2021, Difo had four home runs with one stolen base and a .269 batting average in 240 plate appearances. Difo played all over the infield and outfield for the Pirates. He could battle for infield reps with Josh Rojas, Nick Ahmed and Josh VanMeter.
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Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Outrighted to Triple-A

Difo cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday. Difo had a pretty good year by his standards in 2021, hitting .269/.329/.384 in 240 trips to the plate, good for a nearly average 95 wRC+. He stands a decent chance of returning in a bench role at some point in 2022, though nothing in his track record suggests he should be getting regular at-bats, as he owns a lifetime 75 wRC+ over parts of seven seasons.
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Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Cranks fourth homer

Difo hit a two-run home run as a pinch hitter in Friday's 8-6 loss to Philadelphia. The infielder hit for pitcher Nick Mears in the seventh inning. Difo's blast put Pittsburgh ahead briefly, but Didi Gregorius answered with a three-run blast in the bottom of the frame. Through 228 plate appearances, Difo has a .271/.333/.382 slash line with four homers, 22 RBI, 24 runs scored and a stolen base. He hasn't started since Sept. 14 as Pittsburgh has faced a run of right-handed pitchers.
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Wilmer Difo takes a star turn in Pirates’ 5-4 win vs. Reds

PITTSBURGH — The walk-off RBI in Wednesday’s win for the Pirates will be given to first baseman Colin Moran, but utility man Wilmer Difo was the star. In the bottom of the ninth inning on Roberto Clemente Day, with the game tied at four, Difo hit a one-out fly ball down the left-field line. Reds left fielder Max Schrock overran it, the ball landed fair and bounced into the stands to put Difo on second. Center fielder Bryan Reynolds was walked intentionally, bringing up Moran.
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Cubs Win When Sergio Alcántara Makes Run On Error By Pirates’ Wilmer Difo In 11th

CHICAGO (AP) — Sergio Alcántara scampered home when second baseman Wilmer Difo mishandled a popup in the 11th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Thursday night for their third straight win. Rafael Ortega and Ian Happ homered for Chicago, and Alcántara logged the first three-hit...
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Pittsburgh's Wilmer Difo sitting on Friday evening

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Wilmer Difo is not starting in Friday's contest against the Milwaukee Brewers. Difo will rest against Milwaukee's division rivals after Rodolfo Castro was picked as Friday's second baseman. According to Baseball Savant on 108 batted balls this season, Difo has produced a 3.7% barrel rate and a...
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Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Filling limited role for Bucs

Difo remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds. Difo appeared to be a candidate to receive more playing time in the second half of the season after Adam Frazier was dealt to the Padres ahead of the trade deadline, but an increased role hasn't materialized for the 29-year-old utility man. He's picked up only four starts since the All-Star break, with deadline pickup Hoy Park and prospect Rodolfo Castro instead taking priority over Difo in the infield.
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Off The Bat: For Wilmer Difo, picking the right walkup song matters

SAN FRANCISCO — Wilmer Difo said a steady stream of Pirates teammates have been approaching him with questions. How to turn a double play? Perhaps something about position versatility, considering Difo has done everything but catch and play first base this season? No, not that. Offensive production also hasn’t been...
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Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Looks like top option off bench

Difo will start at third base and bat second Sunday against the Mets. Difo's run of regular work in right field looks to have come to an end after Gregory Polanco (hip) was reinstated from the injured list Saturday, but the former's multi-positional versatility will likely make him the next man up for work when any of the Pittsburgh regulars require a breather. He'll be spelling a resting Ke'Bryan Hayes at the hot corner in the series finale. Difo is slashing a sizzling .423/.516/.731 across 26 at-bats in July.
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Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Launches second homer

Difo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Friday's 4-1 win over the Mets. The 29-year-old hit his first homer since April 11 in the sixth inning of Friday's contest. Difo has a .280/.342/.421 slash line with two long balls, nine RBI, 11 runs scored, two triples and five doubles through 117 plate appearances. He's mainly split time with Jared Oliva in right field while Gregory Polanco (hip) remains out.
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