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 Posted: Wed Mar 22nd, 2017 01:58 am
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The Seattle Mariners couldn't have been too thrilled watching their young closer, Edwin Diaz, pitch two innings for Puerto Rico in the country's dramatic semifinal win over the Netherlands at the World Baseball Classic.

But if the Mariners are concerned about Diaz overexerting his electric right arm, they aren't showing it publicly, as Diaz told Jon Morosi of MLB Network on Tuesday that the team gave him permission to pitch in Wednesday's WBC final despite Monday's lengthy outing.

Diaz "pleaded" with the Mariners to let him pitch the final, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. They agreed, but are only letting manager Edwin Rodriguez use him for one inning, Nightengale added.

The 22-year-old, who recorded 18 saves for the Mariners as a rookie last year after being called up in June, entered Monday's game in the 10th inning and proceeded to strike out the side on just 15 pitches - all of which exceeded 90 mph. He then returned for the 11th and needed just four pitches to dispose of the Dutch hitters (helped in part by the tournament's special extra-inning rules), setting up Puerto Rico's walk-off win in the bottom half.

"I gave everything," Diaz told's Greg Johns after the game. "I want to give everything for my country, give them joy. I (saw) this game like it was the last game. Being able to represent my country is an honor. It's a pride. When I was younger, I saw the games, but now I'm living them."

Diaz has pitched 5 1/3 innings for Puerto Rico in the WBC, posting a 3.38 ERA, nine strikeouts, and two saves.