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After mom's kidnapping, Pirates' Elias Diaz will report to spring training later

Kevin Gorman
| Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 7:54 a.m.
The Pirates' Elias Diaz smacks a hit to score Josh Bell in the first inning against the Rays on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at PNC Park.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
The Pirates' Elias Diaz smacks a hit to score Josh Bell in the first inning against the Rays on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at PNC Park.

BRADENTON, Fla. ­— The Pirates and catcher Elias Diaz have mutually agreed to extend his report date to spring training, allowing him to spend more time with his family following his mother's kidnapping.

Ana Soto was kidnapped Thursday in her native Venezuela and returned safely on Sunday morning. Six men, including five police officers, were arrested.

Pitchers and catchers reported to Pirate City on Monday, but Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement that the organization “will continue to support Elias and his family as they move forward together.”

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