‘We’ll do anything to make you better’: Mets owner Steve Cohen is giving injured pitcher Edwin Diaz a trainer, nutritionist and chef to try and get him back in 2023 after a possible season- ending knee surgery
After New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz suffered a season-ending injury while celebrating with Puerto Rico’s team in the World Baseball Classic, his team was able to take action.
That quick action may have saved his chances – as much as possible – of playing this season for the Mets if they make a deep run in the playoffs.
While the general belief is that the freak torn patellar tendon he suffered while celebrating will see him miss the season, not all hope is lost.
According to The Athletic, a source close to Diaz said, ‘There is some optimism, you never know.’
The steps taken by the Mets, their medical staff, and owner Steve Cohen may have ensured optimism remains.
Edwin Diaz will benefit from a series of Mets staff who were in Miami when he injured his leg
The New York team doctor, Dr. James Carr, was in Miami for the WBC when the injury occurred and gave Diaz an exam – coming to the conclusion that the patellar tendon was likely torn.
The next day, Thursday, Diaz was able to undergo imaging that confirmed the doctor’s suspicions.
Coincidentally, the Mets’ medical director is also in Miami and the team’s partner – the Hospital for Special Surgery – operates a location there. That afternoon, he was operated on.
The relief pitcher has returned to his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida to begin his recovery – only to find that Mets owner Steve Cohen sent a personal chef, a nutritionist and a trainer.
Cohen called Diaz, telling her, ‘We’re going to do everything we can to get you better and take care of you.’
The Mets owner has previously opened up about building personal relationships with his players, saying, ‘It’s important to have a personal relationship. I think that matters, it shows you care.’
Cohen provided cash to help his star get closer to recovery along with a host of support staff
Diaz did not injure his leading leg, which could hasten his return to the diamond for the Mets
The general timeline for recovery from an injury of Diaz’s severity is eight months, The Athletic said.
Other pitchers return faster, but each player has a unique situation that can speed up or slow down their recovery.
But as said by Dr. Michael Alia, MD, sports health expert and associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Orthopedics told The Athletic, Diaz has a few things going for him.
‘He’s got the benefit of being a pitcher in this case, and it’s not his lead leg,’ Alaia said. ‘The left leg, when it comes down from a pitch, is bent. This will have more torque across the patella when the left leg comes down.
‘If it had been different, if he had had a left leg patellar tendon rupture, it might have taken him longer to recover and get back to throwing. Because it’s more of a push-off leg, where the knee doesn’t have to bend as much, maybe he can come back a little sooner.’