Mar 15, 2023; Miami, Florida, USA; Puerto Rico pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts as he leaves the field on a wheelchair after an apparent leg injury during the team celebration against Dominican Republic at LoanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Baseball: World Baseball Classic-Puerto Rico vs Dominican Republic
(New York, NY) — Death, taxes and the New York Mets season coming to a crashing end in March.
Edwin Diaz is having surgery on Thursday after injuring the right patellar tendon in his knee while celebrating Puerto Rico’s 5-2 win over the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday night, GM Billy Eppler told reporters.
Eppler said a general timeline for Diaz will be eight months. The all-world closer actually suffered a “full thickness” tear of his patellar tendon.
SNY’s Andy Martino reported earlier on Thursday that the Mets were fearing the worst, and now that become a reality.
The closer suffered the injury while jumping up and down with teammates after recording the final out of the game, which sent Puerto Rico to the quarterfinals and knocked out the Dominican Republic. Just moments later, the celebration turned to shock and then sadness, as Diaz sat on the field before being taken to the clubhouse in a wheelchair.
The 28-year-old signed a five-year, $102 million deal this past offseason. For now, David Robertson moves to the forefront for save chances.
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