Mets’ Edwin Diaz to Return to His Closer Role When He Comes Off IL

Edwin Diaz with the New York Mets in 2019
Edwin Diaz with the New York Mets in 2019. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/Shutterstock (10323152w)

The New York Mets still trust their star reliever Edwin Diaz despite his struggles in 2024. According to Mets manager Carlos Mendoza, Diaz will return to his role as a closer once he comes off the injured list later this week.

Diaz made the All-MLB First Team and was named Reliever of the Year in 2022 before missing the 2023 campaign due to a knee injury. Upon returning this season, Diaz looked nothing like the dominant reliever he once was.

In 20 games in 2024, Diaz has gone 1-1 while posting a 5.40 ERA with 30 strikeouts with five saves. He last played on May 25 when he blew a save in a 7-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

On May 29, the Mets decided to place Diaz on the Injured List due to a right shoulder injury. But once he’s healthy enough to play again, the Mets will trust him to close games once again.

“For us to make a run at this, we’re going to need Díaz to be Edwin Díaz,” Mendoza said. “We’ve been trying to piece it together for the past month or so. He feels good physically and mentally, so comfortable with him going back to the closer spot.”

The New York Mets have recently seen a small uptick in their form following a dreadful start of the season. They went on a 6-4 run in the past ten games to get to a 29-37 record.

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