Oh, No! Edwin Díaz Hurt Himself Celebrating Team Puerto Rico’s WBC Win and Was Taken off in a Wheelchair (UPDATE: Out for the Year)
UPDATE: We’ll have a fresh post coming out soon with more details, but it was just reported that Edwin Díaz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee. Seeing as how that particular injury comes with an 8-month recovery estimate, he is out for the year.
Original post follows.
Oh man. This is just a total nightmare scenario. Tonight, closer Edwin Díaz – the same Edwin Díaz who just got a massive $102 million, five-year deal from the Mets – appears to have suffered a relatively serious leg injury … while celebrating Team Puerto Rico’s win over the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
There are a lot of clips out there right now, but this version from SNY does a good job telling most of the story in one place. That includes Díaz being literally wheelchaired off the field.
I also want to call out this clip, where he is being helped off the field *extremely* gingerly, putting absolutely no weight at all on his right ankle/leg.
He looked to be in extreme pain. That is just. Woof.
Injuries can happen at any time, but happening to your $100 million closer in a non-MLB event … while not even playing is rough. I feel for Díaz especially, who is a very exciting and popular player.
On a related note, I wonder if this injury will motivate Steve Cohen to spend on one of the remaining free agent relievers. The Cubs are still thought to be wading in that pool, at least for a lefty, so I have that on the mind tonight. I guess it all depends on the extent of Díaz’s injury, but boy did it not look good.
UPDATE: The Mets have acknowledged it and identified the specific area of injury.