On Wednesday, the New York Mets were dealt a significant blow to their bullpen when closer Edwin Diaz suffered a freak knee injury while celebrating Team Puerto Rico’s win over the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
Ultimately, it was revealed that the veteran closer had torn the patellar tendon in his right knee and that he would need surgery, which is expected to cost him the entire 2023 season.
Mets fans certainly aren’t happy about the situation, as it leaves a void in the bullpen.
However, Diaz wanted to make sure Mets fans knew that everything was okay.
On Twitter, the right-hander thanked Mets fans for their well wishes and support.
To all my beloved fans, especially the Mets fans, I want to let you know that I am doing well and healing. 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. pic.twitter.com/fnOezkW6Mr
— Edwin Diaz (@SugarDiaz39) March 17, 2023
While it won’t soften the blow of losing Diaz for the season, it does appear that the star closer is in good spirits.
Diaz was an All-Star last season and earned Reliever of the Year honors in the National League, saving 32 games and posting a 1.31 ERA in 61 appearances.
Mets fans especially enjoy watching him enter games.
When he walks out onto the mound, the song “Narco” by Blasterjaxx plays, which includes Timmy Trumpet’s famous trumpet solo.
Unfortunately, there will likely be no trumpets sounded in 2023.
The Mets re-signed the right-hander to a five-year contract this past offseason.
Fortunately, Diaz is in good spirits about everything and is grateful that Mets fans have wished him well and are hoping for a speedy recovery.
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