While Puerto Rico defeated the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night, New York Mets closer Edwin Daz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee.
The Mets tweeted that Daz, 28, underwent a successful repair on Thursday and is expected to begin a rehabilitation program in about a week.
Díaz harmed himself as colleagues bounced around and embraced each other after their 5-2 triumph at loanDepot Park in Miami.
He struggled to put weight on his right leg as he limped toward the dugout. He at last utilized his passed on leg to jump over to a wheelchair.
Alexis, Daz’s brother and Puerto Rico teammate, wept when Edwin was removed from the field.
In a tweet Thursday night, Díaz said that he was thankful for the messages of help and that he is “getting along admirably and recuperating.”
The patellar tendon connects the top of the shinbone to the bottom of the kneecap.
Puerto Rico reached the World Baseball Classic quarterfinals thanks to Edwin Daz’s flawless ninth inning. Mexico will be its opponent on Friday in Miami.
With 32 saves and a career-best 1.31 ERA, DAZ dominated the 2022 season. The Mets offered him a contract worth $102 million for five years.
It is the first World Baseball Classic since 2017, a quadrennial event that isn’t popular in the United States. D’Arnold’s injury spurred critics of the event, who think the best baseball players in the world should only be thinking about their upcoming domestic seasons in March.
“Thank you, WBC,” Mets radio play-by-play announcer Howie Rose tweeted shortly after Daz’s injury.
Kevin Frandsen, a radio personality and a former major-league journeyman, defended the WBC and responded to Rose by stating that injuries occur frequently: Should I have said, “Thank you, Spring Training,” when I injured my Achilles in 2008?
Rose had retracted his harsh criticism on Thursday and suggested that the tournament be held after the domestic season.
Keith Olbermann, a well-known baseball fan and former MSNBC host, demanded that the World Baseball Classic be canceled after the star Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman injured his hamstring while playing for Canada in the tournament.
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