New York Mets closer Edwin Díaz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee during the celebration after Puerto Rico’s WBC victory against the Dominican Republic. He will need surgery and is expected to miss the season, as per Jeff Passan.
Diaz will undergo surgery this afternoon to repair the injury, general manager Billy Eppler announced this afternoon. The general timeline for recovery is around eight months.
Diaz closed out last night’s World Baseball Classic quarterfinal matchup pitting his native Puerto Rico against the Dominican Republic.
He was injured during the subsequent celebration. Diaz was helped to his feet by teammates and trainers before eventually being placed in a wheelchair and taken off the field.
It’s a devastating loss for the Mets and the worst fear of any team allowing a star player to participate in the World Baseball Classic.
Mets closer Edwin Diaz. Photo courtsey of The New York Post