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Edwin Diaz travels to Puerto Rico after his grandfather’s death – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON – The Mets will be without their blow for a few games.

Edwin Diaz was placed on the mourners list on Saturday following the death of his grandfather during Friday night’s game. He traveled to Puerto Rico on Saturday to be with his family.

“It’s sad,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He was close to his grandfather and it went very quickly. He was quite emotional.

Left-hander David Peterson was called up from Triple-A Syracuse.

Showalter expects Diaz to join the team on Monday in Philadelphia, but he can’t return from the mourners list until Tuesday. General manager Billy Eppler and the skipper told Diaz to take all the time he needed.

Diaz was warming up in the ninth inning Friday against the Nationals while the Mets led 6-3. Jeff McNeil’s RBI single in the top of the ninth made it a four-run game and a no-save situation. So Showalter called the bullpen and made sure Diaz sat down.

“I spoke to Edwin during the (Friday) rain delay,” Showalter said. “I thought last night’s seventh run was huge. I really didn’t want to use it last night if I could help myself.

Ahead of Saturday night’s game in Washington, Showalter remained tight-lipped on who would replace Diaz closer. Speculatively, some options include Trevor May, Seth Lugo and Adam Ottavino.

“We have one we’d like to end up with, but it requires the other team to cooperate,” Showalter said. “We have people who can do it, who have done it in the past. Tonight we have options that I’m comfortable with.



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