New York Mets superstar closer Edwin Diaz will reportedly miss the entirety of the 2023 season after he suffered a serious injury while celebrating Puerto Rico's victory over the Dominican Republic in their Wednesday matchup in the World Baseball Classic.
Diaz will undergo surgery to repair a full-thickness tear of the patellar tendon in his right knee, according to Mets GM Billy Eppler. The expected timeline to return from that surgery is around eight months, but in some cases, players have been able to return within six months, though that is not likely.
Diaz was able to close out Puerto Rico's victory on Wednesday but suffered the injury while celebrating the win in the quarterfinal round. His teammates helped him to his feet after he collapsed and the flamethrowing reliever was eventually put into a wheelchair after he was unable to walk.
The loss is certainly a massive blow to the Mets, who had just given Diaz a massive five-year, $102 million contract extension directly following last year's World Series. He posted absolutely incredible numbers in the 2022 season, striking out an astonishing 50.2% of batters he faced, posting a 1.32 ERA and 32 saves. His entrance song and presentation also became viral sensations as he came out to "Narco" by Australian musician Timmy Trumpet and the Dutch DJ duo Blasterjaxx, usually to significant fanfare from the Mets faithful.
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