Katia Reguero Lindor doesn’t want Mets fans to focus solely on the ramifications of their 2023 season thinking about closer Edwin Diaz and the injury he suffered while celebrating with his Puerto Rico teammates on Wednesday night at the World Baseball Classic.
There’s a consequence to injuries like these that stretch beyond baseball, Mets shortstop wife Francisco Lindor — and Diaz’s Puerto Rican teammate — said in a response to a post. Instagram.
“Can people stop worrying about the Mets season for a second and worry about his health and his family instead?” Katia, the host of the “Un-a-Parent” podcast, written under SNY’s post. “They are also people (regardless of his salary since I know someone always talks about it) and they are going through a difficult time. Baseball is amazing but it’s not all there is to life; please put things into perspective.
Diaz, a closer All-Star who recorded 32 saves and a career-best 1.31 ERA in 2022, appeared to suffer a knee injury while jumping with his teammates near the mound after recording the final of the Puerto Rico’s 5-2 victory over the Dominican Republic, which sent them to the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic.
Teammates crowded around Diaz – lying on the ground with his right trouser leg up – and waved to staff on the court at LoanDepot Park in Miami, where they tried to carry the 28-year-old away but eventually resorted to walking with someone on either side. him.
Then, once Diaz approached the edge of the field, he was guided into a wheelchair.
“I hugged our coaches in the dugout. Then when we looked up, Edwin was on the ground,” Puerto Rico manager Yadier Molina later told reporters. ” I did not know. I didn’t know how to act, I didn’t know how — what to say. I mean, I didn’t know. It surprised me.
Along with Diaz’s brother, Alexis, a Puerto Rican pitcher who was in tears after the injury, Lindor crouched down and put his hand to his forehead.
The Mets have depth scattered across their roster, but that’s not necessarily the case with their bullpen — including any replacements behind a closer All-Star who signed a five-year, $102 million deal. during the offseason.
Their succession plans have already been disrupted, albeit to a much lesser extent, when southpaw Brooks Raley suffered a left hamstring injury while on Team USA.
In two WBC appearances, Diaz had pitched two scoreless innings without allowing a hit or a run, striking out four batters and recording one save.