CLEVELAND: There was a time this season when Yandy Diaz’s status on the major-league roster coming out of spring training dominated Indians Twitter.

In part because Jason Kipnis and nearly one-third of the roster have been placed on the disabled list recently, Diaz has returned, and he’s back to being himself.

In Diaz’s first stint with the Indians this April, he was hitting nearly everything hard — but on the ground and right at infielders.

He hit .236 with a .550 OPS, falling well short of fans’ hopes for him after he practically lit Goodyear Ballpark on fire in the spring.

He wasn’t as productive, but he was hitting the ball as hard as almost any hitter in baseball. At one point in April, among hitters with a particular amount of batted balls, Diaz had the fourth-highest average exit velocity in baseball.

It was evident he’d need to start elevating the ball at a higher rate, but the Indians were OK with his approach for such a young hitter.

“For whatever reason, I think the message got a little confused with him, and I think he started trying to lift a little bit and he got himself in-between,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “So when he went back to Triple-A, he was trying to be who he is. Because he’s got a really mature approach to hitting, you’re going to see balls start to get in the air and the balls will pull around the field a little bit.”

Perhaps Thursday’s game was a showcase of sorts of what Diaz has been striving toward all season. He recorded a four-hit night that included two doubles and a triple and narrowly missed hitting for the cycle. Three of the four hits — all for extra bases — went to right field. The final hit was driven back up the middle for a single.

Diaz admitted he was trying to elevate the ball at Triple-A. Indicated by what Francona said on Friday, that was OK as long as he stayed within himself and his normal approach. The last piece might be his timing.

“I just think it’s a matter of timing with him,” Francona said. “When we’ve seen him up until last night, he’s always been a tick late getting ready. His bat’s plenty quick and all that, but he’s just not always on time. So you’re seeing him foul balls back and maybe hit a hard ground ball to second as opposed to a line drive to right.”

Diaz’s time with the Indians will only last until the lineup returns to health. But he has remained an intriguing, young option because of some of the potential with his bat — even if, today, the Twitter craze has died down a bit.

Injury carousel

The Indians’ extended search to see how to best treat Andrew Miller’s knee injury, which included a trek across the Gateway Plaza for input from the Cavaliers’ medical team, has diagnosed Miller with patellofemoral pain syndrome with associated patella tendinitis.

Miller will be shut down from throwing for five to seven days and received a lubricant injection.

A clearer timetable for his return will be set once he resumes throwing.

Miller was placed on the disabled list with patella tendonitis on Aug. 2. He returned on Aug. 18 but a few days later again hit the DL after he re-aggravated the injury only seven pitches into his appearance in Monday’s game.

“Andrew’s really feeling good,” Francona said. “Even though he had the setback the other day, he’s way ahead of where he was before. And with more time to strengthen the areas around it and everything, I think everybody feels like he’s going to come back — we’re certainly going to have to work him back — but that he can be that force like that and the knee’s not going to hold him back and, boy, will that be nice.”

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians.