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Mets reinstate closer Edwin Díaz from injured list and send LHP Danny Young to minors

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Mets reinstate closer Edwin Díaz from injured list and send LHP Danny Young to minors
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Mets reinstate closer Edwin Díaz from injured list and send LHP Danny Young to minors

2024-06-14 10:51 Last Updated At:11:00

NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Díaz was activated from the injured list Thursday by the New York Mets, and manager Carlos Mendoza reiterated the struggling reliever will immediately return to the closer role.

“I talked to him a couple of days ago and he’s ready to go,” Mendoza said before the finale of a three-game series against Miami. “There’s no hesitation. (He said), ‘I’m ready to go.’ So it was an easy conversation.”

With the Mets trailing by one run, Díaz entered in the ninth and tossed a perfect inning with one strikeout. He threw 15 pitches and averaged 98.4 mph on his seven four-seam fastballs.

Díaz got the win when J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer off Tanner Scott in the bottom of the ninth to give New York a 3-2 comeback victory.

“I’m feeling 100 percent,” Díaz said. “I was throwing 99, 100 (mph) today. I didn’t do that earlier in the season.”

To open a roster spot, the Mets optioned Danny Young to Triple-A Syracuse — leaving Jake Diekman as the only left-hander in the bullpen. Young was 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in nine appearances for New York, striking out 12 in nine innings.

“Obviously, Danny Young has been great. He’s a guy that not only gets lefties out, but righties, and his ability to take the ball day in and day out,” Mendoza said. “But he understood where we were bullpen-wise. Not many guys have (minor league) options.”

Díaz had been sidelined since May 29 with a right shoulder impingement. Before going on the IL, he blew three consecutive save chances and four out of five.

He also squandered a four-run lead in the ninth inning May 18 at Miami but was not charged with a blown save.

Following that meltdown against the Marlins, the right-hander was not used for four games until pitching a scoreless seventh on May 24 against San Francisco. He blew a save the following day.

Going into Thursday, the Mets had converted 15 of 26 save opportunities this year. New York’s bullpen was 4-8 with a 5.13 ERA since May 13.

After missing last season with a knee injury he sustained celebrating a victory by Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, Díaz is 2-1 with a 5.14 ERA and five saves in 21 appearances.

“He means a lot and when he’s rolling, you can feel it,” Mendoza said. “It’s just really good to have him back and we’re all excited about it.”

The two-time All-Star was baseball’s most dominant closer in 2022, striking out 118 batters in 62 innings while saving 32 games for New York and finishing with a 1.31 ERA.

He re-signed with the Mets on a $102 million, five-year contract but then had surgery on the patellar tendon in his right knee.

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New York Mets Edwin Diaz looks out from the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

New York Mets Edwin Diaz looks out from the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

Mets reinstate closer Edwin Díaz from injured list and send LHP Danny Young to minors

Mets reinstate closer Edwin Díaz from injured list and send LHP Danny Young to minors

New York Mets Edwin Diaz looks out from the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

New York Mets Edwin Diaz looks out from the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, June 11, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

Mets reinstate closer Edwin Díaz from injured list and send LHP Danny Young to minors

Mets reinstate closer Edwin Díaz from injured list and send LHP Danny Young to minors

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A timeline of the assassination attempt on former President Trump

2024-07-15 12:38 Last Updated At:12:40

Former President Donald Trump was the target of an assassination attempt at a Pennsylvania rally Saturday that set off panic as a bloodied Trump was surrounded by Secret Service and hurried into his vehicle.

A former fire chief attending the rally with family was killed, as was the gunman. Two other people were critically wounded.

An AP analysis of more than a dozen videos and photos from the scene of the Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, as well as satellite imagery of the site, shows the shooter was able to get astonishingly close to the stage where the former president was speaking.

Here's what's known so far about the timeline of the shooting.

Trump takes the stage to the strains of “God Bless the U.S.A." He waves at the cheering crowd and begins his regular rally speech, with spectators both in front of him and behind him on risers.

— After officers were told that a man acting suspiciously and pacing near magnetometers was climbing a ladder on a nearby building, according to a local law enforcement officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation, a local officer climbed to the roof, according to Butler County Sheriff Michael Slupe.

— A man identified by the FBI as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks turned toward the officer just before the officer dropped down to safety, Slupe said.

— Trump is showing off border-crossing numbers when gunfire begins.

— As the first pop rings out, Trump say "Oh,” and raises his hand to his right ear and looks at it, before quickly crouching to the ground behind his lectern.

— Secret Service agents rush to the stage and pile atop the former president to shield him.

— Corey Comperatore, a 50-year-old former fire chief attending the rally, is shot and killed. Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro said Sunday that Comperatore used his body as a shield to protect his wife and daughter.

— Secret Service counter snipers fire back and shoot Crooks.

— Video shows Trump getting to his feet and reaching with his right hand toward his face, which was smeared with blood.

— As Trump stands up, he pumps to the crowd with his right fist.

— He appears to mouth the word “fight” twice to his crowd of supporters, prompting loud cheers and then chants of “USA. USA. USA.”

Trump turns back to the crowd and again raises a fist right before agents put him into a vehicle and he is taken to a local hospital.

Secret Service says “the former President is safe.”

Trump posts on his social media site that he was injured in the upper part of his right ear. “I knew immediately that something was wrong in that I heard a whizzing sound, shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin,” he said.

Trump's private jet lands at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Video posted by an aide showed the former president deplaning, flanked by U.S. Secret Service agents and heavily armed members of the agency’s counter assault team. It was an unusually visible show of force by his protective detail.

Trump travels to his private golf club in nearby Bedminster, New Jersey, to spend the night.

Stengle contributed to this report from Dallas. Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo contributed to this report from Chicago and writer Colleen Long contributed to this report from Washington.

Pennsylvania State Troopers guard the entrance to Butler Memorial Hospital, Saturday, July 13, 2024, where Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump was said to be taken after shots were fired at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Pennsylvania State Troopers guard the entrance to Butler Memorial Hospital, Saturday, July 13, 2024, where Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump was said to be taken after shots were fired at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

A campaign rally site for Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is empty and littered with debris Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A campaign rally site for Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is empty and littered with debris Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

People react during a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

People react during a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Members of the crowd react as U.S. Secret Service agents surround Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at a campaign event in Butler, Pa., on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Members of the crowd react as U.S. Secret Service agents surround Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump at a campaign event in Butler, Pa., on Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is moved from the stage at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is moved from the stage at a campaign rally, Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Butler, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures while surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump gestures while surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents as he is helped off the stage at a campaign rally in Butler, Pa., Saturday, July 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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