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Mets’ Edwin Diaz suspended 10 games for sticky-stuff violation

Edwin Diaz was punished on Monday and the Mets could be short on personnel for the next 10 games.

Diaz was suspended 10 games by the league’s senior vice president of field operations, Michael Hill, a day after he was ejected for violating MLB’s foreign body rules following an umpire’s test.

The Mets closer was removed from the game before pitching in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Cubs because he had a sticky substance on his right hand.

Diaz said it’s a mixture of rosin, sweat and earth, a combination he uses on a regular basis.

Edwin Diaz was ejected for a dirty play on Monday and has now been officially suspended 10 games by MLB. Getty Images

Diaz has the option to appeal the suspension, but if he does not, the suspension will go into effect for Tuesday’s game against the Yankees at Citi Field.

If Diaz chooses to appeal, any punishment will not begin until that process is completed.

The Mets may turn to Reid Garrett to fill Diaz’s closer role. Garrett, like many of his Mets teammates, had a tough month in May.

But just as questions are beginning to emerge about whether the veteran reliever has regressed to average from his dominant early season performance or is simply coming out of a slump, the right-hander is responding positively.

Garrett had an inconsistent May, failing to record two saves and taking the loss in two games, but posted a 2.35 ERA in seven appearances in June.

Edwin Diaz was officially suspended 10 games by MLB after being ejected. ESPN/MLB

Garrett has again been a reliable setup option since Diaz returned from the injured list on June 13, and finding someone to fill his role may be a bigger challenge than filling the closer hole.

Dedniel Nunez, Adam Ottavino, Drew Smith, Jake Diekman, Danny Young and Adrian Hauser are the other bullpen members.

Nunez pitched the best of that group, but gave up two runs in the seventh inning against the Cubs on Sunday.

New York Mets player Reid Garrett (number 75) pitches in the bottom of the ninth inning. Jason Senes / New York Post

Another reliable right-handed pitcher, Sean Reid-Foley, was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a right shoulder injury.

JD Martinez will be making his first appearance in the Subway Series and said he isn’t too concerned about the New York theme for the next two games.

Martinez played for the Red Sox from 2018-2022, but there were plenty of questions about him playing against the Yankees.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” Martinez said. “It’s always been like that with the Yankees-Red Sox series. I’m like, ‘Who’s pitching and what’s going to be pitched?’ That’s what I’m concerned about.”

The Mets removed Luis Torrens from the paternity list, and Joe Hudson, who spent the weekend as the team’s backup catcher, became the designated hitter.