Mets’ Edwin Diaz placed on paternity leave

MIAMI — Edwin Diaz won’t be available to the Mets until at least Friday and perhaps Saturday.

The Mets’ closer was placed on the paternity list before Wednesday’s game against the Marlins, giving him up to three days away from the team. Diaz, according to manager Luis Rojas, returned to New York.

Jake Reed was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to fill a slot in the bullpen. The right-hander was claimed off waivers this week from the Rays. The Mets’ options to fill the closer’s role until Diaz’s return include Trevor May, Jeurys Familia and Aaron Loup.

May got the call on Wednesday night and finished off the 5-3 win with a perfect ninth, striking out two.

Rojas said he expected to speak with Diaz in the next day to determine if rejoining the team for Friday’s game in Philadelphia will be a possibility.

Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz
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Diaz last pitched on Saturday against the Reds, earning the victory with a scoreless 10th inning. Overall, he has pitched to a 3.80 ERA in 43 appearances and converted 23 of 27 save opportunities.

The Mets are slated to face the Nationals on March 31 at Citi Field to open next season, according to the schedule released by MLB. The two teams played each other on Opening Day in 2019 and were scheduled to face off in each of the last two openers, but neither occurred — the 2020 game was wiped out by the pandemic, and this season a COVID outbreak postponed the entire Mets-Nationals opening series.

Other highlights of the 2022 schedule for the Mets include visits to Oakland and Anaheim for the first time in nine years as part of an interleague slate against AL West opponents. The Mets are scheduled to finish the season in Atlanta for a second straight year.

Francisco Lindor ran the bases during pregame drills as he continues his week-to-week rehab from a strained oblique. Lindor has also been swinging off a tee and taking ground balls. Rojas said the All-Star shortstop has continued to make his presence felt even while on the injured list.

“He’s here, he’s in the clubhouse, he talks — he talked in today’s hitter’s meeting,” Rojas said. “He’s such a smart baseball player, even though when he’s not participating in games he brings so much.

“But we miss his presence [on the field]. When that presence mixes with Javy Baez’s presence, that is going to be special for us.”

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