Mets place struggling closer Edwin Diaz on 15-day IL with right shoulder impingement

The Mets officially placed Edwin Diaz on the 15-day IL with a right shoulder impingement prior to Wednesday's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The right-hander has struggled mightily to begin the season, battling a velocity decrease and command issues after missing all of last year due to a patella tendon injury suffered at the World Baseball Classic.

Diaz first felt some tightness following his appearance against the Giants on Saturday afternoon, and he thought it might just go away, but after he woke up with it again this Wednesday, the team decided it would be best to shut him down for the time being. 

“I was feeling good,” he said. “Sunday I felt a little tight and then on Monday the same thing but I was able to keep playing catch and throw the ball and my ball was coming out really good, but yesterday I felt more than usual and the same today so I talked to them.”

Neither Diaz nor manager Carlos Mendoza sounded too concerned that the injury is anything serious, so he should be able to begin throwing again relatively soon.

The always reliable Diaz was quickly demoted out of the closers' role after blowing four of his nine save opportunities to begin the year while pitching to 5.40 ERA and allowing seven homers.

Once the tightness subsides, he'll have a chance to work through his mechanics and potentially go out on a rehab assignment in hopes of regaining his dominant form before returning to the team.

In his absence, the first-year skipper says that the Mets will continue to mix and match in the late innings as they've done early on this season with his struggles.

Despite recent struggles of their own, righties Adam Ottavino and Reed Garrett seem like the two top candidates to close things down for New York if the opportunity arises.