During the World Baseball Classic, a moment of joy turned sour for Team Puerto Rico when New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee during the celebration after their victory over the Dominican Republic.
Diaz had surgery and was ultimately expected to miss the entire 2023 season.
However, his recovery has gone well and there is now a chance that he may return late in the season.
The typical recovery time for an injury such as this is roughly eight months.
However, Ken Rosenthal stopped by the FOX Sports MLB studio on Thursday to discuss the possibility of Diaz returning, and he provided an update that will encourage Mets fans.
After Edwin Diaz tore his right patellar tendon during the World Baseball Classic, the Mets prepared for a potential full season without him.@Ken_Rosenthal looks at the possibility of hearing the trumpets at Citi Field this year. pic.twitter.com/x9o7cGTEPb
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 1, 2023
Rosenthal says that Diaz’s recovery has been going quite well and that there are athletes who have been able to recover in six months.
That would put him at mid-September, making it possible for a late-season return, as well as a few thunderous entrances to the song “Narco” by Blasterjaxx, which features an epic trumpet solo from “Timmy Trumpet.”
The solo plays every time Diaz enters a game.
And with the process moving along quicker than expected, there is a real chance that the Mets could have their All-Star closer back by the end of the season.
Diaz saved 32 games last season and earned a spot on the National League’s All-Star roster in July.
Rosenthal closed his statement by saying that it would be an incredible story to see Diaz back on the mound for the Mets towards the end of the season.NEXT: Today Marks A Special Mets Anniversary