Mets nearer Edwin Díaz is not going to return to a significant league mound in 2023, studies Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. The 2-time All-Star has not suffered a setback, and he’ll proceed to throw bullpen periods, however the staff doesn’t need to jeopardize his well being by dashing him again for the tail finish of what has develop into a misplaced season. When Díaz tore his patellar tendon in the course of the World Baseball Traditional, the Mets had been preseason favorites for an NL postseason berth. Six months later, they discover themselves two losses away from a shedding marketing campaign.
Díaz all the time hoped to return again in the course of the common season – an formidable aim, however one throughout the realm of risk. He deserves credit score for a way successfully he has labored towards that goal. As pitching coach Jeremy Hefner advised DiComo, the flamethrowing righty has progressed to a degree the place he might, theoretically, be again within the majors earlier than the tip of the 12 months. Certainly, if the Mets had been in a extra aggressive place, he might need already made his return.
Nevertheless, Hefner expressed concern concerning the star nearer re-aggravating his leg damage whereas operating to make a defensive play or avoiding a comebacker to the mound. Thus, Díaz must wait till subsequent March to pitch one other sport at Citi Discipline.
New York will not be taking part in for a lot this September, but it surely nonetheless comes as disheartening information that Díaz gained’t rejoin the ’pen. Mets relievers rank thirteenth within the Nationwide League with a 4.53 ERA and final with -0.1 FanGraphs WAR. They’ve had specific hassle for the reason that commerce deadline, pitching to a 5.68 ERA and -0.4 fWAR.
Along with Díaz, Sean Reid-Foley and John Curtiss are on the injured listing, whereas David Robertson was dealt to Miami on the deadline. In the meantime, 4 of the eight relievers on the Mets’ energetic roster have an ERA over 5. This bullpen might definitely use Díaz and his electrical arm – for a morale enhance, if nothing else – however admittedly, that’s hardly a motive to threat his well being. He’s on monitor to return at full power in 2024.