Denis Diaz joins Lugnuts, Murphy placed on DL

By Jesse Goldberg-Strassler / Lansing Lugnuts | April 19, 2017 5:09 PM ET

LANSING, Mich. - In conjunction with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Lansing Lugnuts announce that pitcher Patrick Murphy has been placed on the 7-day Disabled List retroactive to April 17th, replaced by pitcher Denis Diaz from Extended Spring Training.

Diaz, 22, is a native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, giving the Lugnuts representation from four different countries in addition to the United States. The team already included Osman Gutierrez (Nicaragua), Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., and Michael De La Cruz (Dominican Republic), and Yeltsin Gudino and Edward Olivares (Venezuela).

Diaz split the 2016 season between Advanced-Rookie Bluefield and Short-Season A Vancouver, posting a combined record of 3-6 with a 5.62 ERA. Diaz is seeking to become Honduras's second Major Leaguer, joining outfielder Gerald Young, who played from 1987-1994.

View the Lugnuts' current roster, consisting of the maximum 25 active players with seven players on the Disabled List.

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