Edwin Díaz’s Injury Is the WBC’s Worst Fear Realized

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Sports Illustrated

By Emma Baccellieri The Puerto Rico pitcher’s knee injury casts a shadow over what has thus far been a joyous event. First, Edwin Díaz closed out Puerto Rico’s win over the Dominican Republic, striking out three to seal a team berth in the next round of the World Baseball Classic. Then, everything stopped. Surrounded by joyous teammates, Díaz crumpled to the ground amid Puerto Rico’s infield celebration. What seemed at first like perhaps a mild injury soon looked much worse. Díaz was helped into a wheelchair and taken down the tunnel. Left behind were stunned teammates, some of them now in tea…

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