The World Baseball Classic took an unfortunate turn Wednesday night in an absolute nightmare scenario playing out following Puerto Rico’s 5-2 win over Dominican Republic.
New York Mets close Edwin Diaz was carried off the field and placed in a wheelchair after appearing to injure his leg while celebrating the victory, which allowed Puerto Rico to advance past pool play and knocked out the Dominican Republic in the process.
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Diaz recorded the save with a scoreless ninth inning and began celebrating with his teammates on the infield, but the joy and jubilation quickly turned into a more somber mood as Diaz fell to the ground and was unable to get up without help.
Some of Diaz’s teammates were visibly upset, including Edwin’s brother Alexis, who was in tears as he watched his brother get carried off the field.
It is unclear what the extent of Diaz’s injury is.
Diaz, 28, is coming off a career-best season with the Mets, which landed him a five-year, $102 million contract this winter.
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