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Mets’ Edwin Díaz Says He Believes He Can Return Throughout 2023 Season After Knee Damage

Doric SamApril 12, 2023Al Bello/Getty ImagesAfter suffering a torn patellar tendon in his right knee during the World Baseball Classic last month, New York Mets star closer Edwin Díaz is optimistic about his recovery.On Wednesday, Díaz told reporters that he believes there’s a chance he will be able to return to the mound during the

Mets’ Edwin Díaz Says He Believes He Can Return Throughout 2023 Season After Knee Damage

Doric SamApril 12, 2023

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 15:  Edwin Diaz #39 of Team Puerto Rico is carried off the field after sustaining an injury while celebrating a 5-2 win against Team Dominican Republic during their World Baseball Classic Pool D game at loanDepot park on March 15, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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After struggling a torn patellar tendon in his proper knee throughout the World Baseball Traditional final month, New York Mets star nearer Edwin Díaz is optimistic about his restoration.

On Wednesday, Díaz told reporters that he believes there’s an opportunity he’ll be capable of return to the mound throughout the 2023 season.

“If all the pieces goes properly, I believe I will be again prior to that eight months,” he mentioned.

Díaz is within the early levels of his rehab course of and dealing on strengthening the knee. He is nonetheless strolling on crutches, so it will likely be some time earlier than he is able to run full pace and pitch.

Whereas he is away from the mound, he is reportedly centered on resistance workout routines to maintain his throwing arm robust. The 29-year-old is making an attempt to remain optimistic, however he is conscious that his restoration may preserve him out for the whole 2023 season.

“All the things goes in the appropriate path proper now … and the medical doctors say I am doing nice,” Díaz mentioned. “So I am actually joyful. The restoration is eight months. Some individuals do it earlier than. Some individuals do it after. As of proper now, I am simply trying ahead to getting my knee higher and making an attempt to return as quickly as doable.”

With Díaz unavailable, the Mets have turned to veteran reliever David Robertson as their major nearer. Adam Ottavino and Brooks Raley are additionally choices to pitch within the ninth inning, however none of them examine to New York’s sidelined All-Star.

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Díaz put forth a superb season in 2022 with 32 saves, a 1.31 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and 118 strikeouts in 62 innings. The Mets hope he shall be in prime kind when he returns to the mound.

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