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Diaz, who left with two outs in the ninth inning after allowing two runs on two hits and two walks, said he felt the issue in the bullpen warming up but believed he could pitch through it.
"As the game went on, as I kept throwing pitches it started to get tighter and tighter," Diaz told reporters via Zoom. "I felt like I could fight through it, but eventually it was stopping me from finishing my pitches. And it felt like I was like pulling back."
As far as how soon he might be able to pitch, Diaz was optimistic he could be back in there either Tuesday or Wednesday against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
"Today I feel much better. I've been working with the trainers all day today," he said. "I went out, I threw, I feel much better. I feel like I have more power. I'm able to finish my pitches when I'm throwing. It does look good for tomorrow or the next day."
After pitching back-to-back days on Saturday and Sunday, Diaz was almost certainly not going to pitch against the Cardinals on Monday under any circumstances -- back issue or not. So it seems that Diaz and the Mets are looking at a potential best case scenario here.
If there is a save situation on Monday night, though, the Mets might have to scramble a bit.
Jeurys Familia, who saved Sunday's game after Diaz exited, could also be an option to close.