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The entire Mets fanbase is holding its breath.

Star closer Edwin Diaz suffered what appeared to be a right leg celebration during an on-field celebration. The injury came after he closed out Puerto Rico’s 5-2 win over the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic — a victory that sent Puerto Rico to the next round and eliminated the DR on Wednesday in Miami.

Diaz was unable to put pressure on the leg and then got in a wheelchair.

There is no word yet on the severity of the injury. But it does not look good. And if Diaz is out for any lengthy stretch of time, it is a colossal blow to the Amazins’ World Series hopes.

Diaz had a remarkable 2022 campaign. In 62 innings pitched, the right-hander posted a 1.31 ERA and 0.84 WHIP with 32 saves, a 50.2% strikeout rate, a 7.7% walk rate, and a 3.0 fWAR. This performance was dominant enough to earn a second-place vote in National League Cy Young Award voting. He ultimately finished in ninth place.

Diaz’s injury was a brutal end to what was initially a good night for the Mets. Shortstop Francisco Lindor, also playing for Puerto Rico, stepped up to the plate with a 4-1 lead and an RBI single already on his ledger. He lined another ball up the middle to Julio Rodriguez in center field. It skipped past the Seattle Mariners star, starting a foot race that Lindor eventually won for a Little League home run. Later in the frame, the FOX broadcast said Lindor made it around the bases in 15 seconds.

Editor Matt Musico contributed to this report

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James Kratch can be reached at james.kratch@xlmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @jameskratch.

James Kratch is the managing editor of ESNY. He previously worked as a Rutgers and Giants (and Mike Francesa) beat reporter for NJ Advance Media.