New York Mets’ $102m pitcher Edwin Diaz shares positive update from his hospital bed after heartbreaking freak injury while celebrating Puerto Rico’s win at the World Baseball Classic
New York Mets star Edwin Diaz has spoken out following his likely season-ending knee injury suffered while celebrating a Puerto Rico win at the World Baseball Classic.
Diaz left in a wheelchair following a right knee patellar tendon injury postgame Wednesday night.
He has since had surgery, with his timeline to return reported to sit at approximately eight months.
Mets fans were left as distraught after the relief pitcher – who just re-signed with New York to the tune of a five-year, $102million deal – was listed as an out for the MLB season.
‘To all my beloved fans, especially the Mets fans, I want to let you know that I am doing well and healing,’ Diaz wrote on his social media platforms late Thursday night.
Edwin Diaz underwent surgery on the patellar tendon in his right knee Thursday and is ‘healing’
Diaz had to be carried off the field after suffering a freak injury following Wednesday’s win
‘I feel blessed and grateful for your support with messages and prayers, thank you very much!
‘I can’t wait to see you guys in NY again and play those trumpets.’
Diaz looked in promising form ahead of his return to Queens, pitching a perfect ninth inning to close out Puerto Rico’s 5-2 win over the Dominican Republic.
Puerto Rican players were jumping together in the infield when Díaz collapsed to the ground, and he quickly reached for his right leg. The righty was in tears, unable to put any weight on the leg.
Díaz’s brother and Cincinnati pitcher Alexis Díaz, was also crying as Edwin was taken away. Mets teammate and Puerto Rico shortstop Francisco Lindor stood nearby with his hands on his head.
The 29-year-old is one of baseball’s top closers. He posted 32 saves in each of the past two seasons with the Mets, earning his second All-Star Game nod in 2022.
Diaz was an All-Star with the Seattle Mariners in 2018, when he led the majors with 57 saves.
He is 16-29 with a 2.93 ERA with 205 saves across the past seven seasons.
Diaz eventually left the field in a wheelchair at LoanDeport Park in Miami in emotional scenes
He was injured during an innocent moment with teammates, who rushed to him after the win
Diaz is a two-time All-Star with 32 saves in each of his last two seasons with the New York Mets