By Lew Gould
Mets closer Edwin Díaz has a torn patellar tendon and is expected to miss the entire season after injuring his right knee while celebrating a victory in the World Baseball Classic.
Mets general manager Billy Eppler said Díaz would undergo surgery today, and a general timeline for recovery from this type of injury is about eight months.
“There are instances where athletes have come back earlier, more around the six-month mark,” Eppler told reporters.
“But those are a little bit more of the exception than the rule.”
Díaz, who turns 29 next week, retired the side in order in the ninth inning Wednesday of a 5-2 victory over the Dominican Republic that sent Puerto Rico to the WBC quarterfinals.
As Díaz and his teammates jumped together in the infield, the right-hander collapsed and reached for his right leg. He was taken off the field in a wheelchair.
From jubilation to dread in a matter of seconds. Here’s @katiejwoo from the scene of Edwin Díaz’s freak knee injury, with reporting and analysis from @TimBritton and @WillSammon on what this could mean for the Mets.https://t.co/gXTjAYWtKL
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) March 16, 2023