Puerto Rico produced an enormous upset on the World Baseball Traditional on Wednesday evening with a 5-2 win in opposition to the Dominican Republic. But it surely got here at a price.
Whereas celebrating the win along with his teammates, New York Mets nearer Edwin Díaz suffered a proper knee harm and was taken off the sphere in a wheelchair.
Puerto Rico’s gamers – together with Díaz’s brother, Cincinnati Reds aid pitcher Alexis – have been in tears as they watched the righter-hander go away the sphere.
The freak harm may very well be dangerous information for the Mets, in addition to for Puerto Rico.
The Mets stated Díaz, who agreed on a five-year, $102 million contract with the workforce final 12 months, would bear imaging on Thursday.
“It involves a sure level that it will get larger than the sport and one thing very unlucky occurred,” Puerto Rico heart fielder Kiké Hernández advised reporters after the sport.
“As excited as we have been concerning the recreation and all that, it’s certainly one of our brothers and a few of us grew up collectively. It’s very easy to put aside the sport and fear about us as people.
“It undoubtedly doesn’t really feel in there [the clubhouse] like we simply beat the Dominican Republic to advance.”
Puerto Rico supervisor Yadier Molina stated he “didn’t know learn how to act” and “what to say” when he regarded up from the dugout to see Díaz on the bottom after the celebrations.
“If you see a man there who works so arduous like Edwin on the bottom like that, it’s unhappy,” Molina advised reporters.
Puerto Rico faces Mexico within the quarterfinals in Miami on Friday with the winner enjoying both Italy or Japan subsequent week.