Despite reaching every benchmark in his recovery from a torn patellar tendon in his right knee, Mets closer Edwin Diaz will not return to pitch for the team this season.
Pitching coach Jeremy Hefner told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo that he believes it is too risky to rush back Diaz for a return to the mound despite his strong recovery from the injury and knee surgery in early March.
Diaz has been throwing bullpen sessions since late August and made the trip to Port St. Lucie, Florida, to throw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Monday.
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The original timeline given for Diaz’s recovery was six to eight months, with Diaz on the front side of that span.
“I want to try to come back and help this team to win this year,” Diaz said on Aug. 28, “but if not, I will workout hard in the offseason to come ready next year.”