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Rays activate Yandy Díaz from 60-day injured list

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The Rays have activated infielder Yandy Díaz from the 60-day injured list, per an official announcement on Sunday. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Cole Sulser has been designated for assignment.

Díaz, 28, has not appeared in a game since mid-July, when he sustained a hairline fracture after fouling a ball off of his left foot. While his path to a full recovery has been long and tedious, he was able to play in an instructional game on Saturday and is expected to factor into the team’s final game of the regular season, as well as their upcoming Wild Card Game playoff against the Athletics.

Prior to the injury, Díaz had been working on some career-best numbers with the Rays. He batted .270/.343/.480 with 14 home runs, 38 RBI, an .823 OPS, and 1.7 fWAR through 344 plate appearances. It’s unclear how well he might perform after missing the last several months of the season, but the Rays evidently have some faith that he’ll be able to contribute in a meaningful way as they gear up for a high-stakes postseason campaign. He’ll play DH and bat leadoff for Game 162 on Sunday, which is scheduled to kick off at 3:07 PM EDT.

Will fans be allowed to attend MLB playoff games?

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After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.

Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?

There have been no spectators at any games this season but MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that fans will be able to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series Games. Both will take place in Texas which has been one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year.

“We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas with a ticket sales announcement expected soon,” said Manfred to reporters at USA Today Sports. “One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game.’’

Earlier this month, the Dallas Cowboys allowed over 21,000 fans into AT&T Stadium for the home opener. However, the MLB is still waiting for approval from Texas government officials. ALCS and NLCS games are expected to begin on October 11 and 12, respectively.

Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.

MLB Playoffs Format

Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2

All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.

American League

No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10

The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.

League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18

The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28

The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.

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