In a case of a celebration gone wrong, New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz will miss the entire MLB season with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee.
In Puerto Rico’s victory over the Dominican Republic, Diaz retired the three batters he faced in the ninth inning and winning the game, as the team huddled together and celebrated, Diaz’ knee gave out and he tore his patellar tendon.
Diaz, 29, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 2012 MLB entry draft. He made his major league debut on June 6, 2016, and quickly established himself as one of the most dominant relief pitchers in the league. During the 2018 season, Diaz had a career year, leading the league in saves with 57 and earning his first All-Star selection.
Throughout his career, Diaz has been known for his electric fastball, which can reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour, as well as his sharp slider.
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