Diaz has 11 saves and has struck out 23 of the 54 batters he's faced this season. He's allowed one run in 13 1/3 innings pitched.

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CLEVELAND — Edwin Diaz emerged from the trainers room at Progressive Field and headed to his locker. He had already played catch, told pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre and manager Scott Servais that he was good to go for a fourth straight night and then got some work from the Mariners’ masseuse and training staff.

It was all just part of his daily process for the closer who has the most saves in Major League Baseball coming into Friday with 11.

“I gotta get ready for tonight,” he said. “I’m trying to stay ready for the game.”

The closers behind him?

  • Wade Davis, Rockies — 9
  • Jeurys Familia, Mets — 9
  • Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox — 6

Unlike last season when he struggled early and eventually was demoted in May for about five days, Diaz has been brilliant thus far. He has converted 11-of-11 save opportunities. In 13 appearances, he’s struck out 25 of 53 batters faced. His slider has shown depth and consistency and his fastball still touches 100 mph. More importantly he’s been able to reel his mechanics back in when they start to speed up.

It’s why Servais said he wouldn’t hesitate to use him on Friday night vs. the Indians if a save situation arose.

“With Eddie, we’ve gone for four days in a row before,” he said. “I’ll check in with Eddie. But if he’s fine, we’ll run him out there.”

Most closers would rarely get the nod for a fourth straight outing. But the 24-year-old Diaz is a little different. His Gumby-esque frame and whippy right arm allow him to recover quickly and push the limits of most closers, appearing in four straight games.

“I think I did it twice last year,” he said. “If I feel great, I can pitch. And I feel great today. I already played catch and told them I was ready to go.”

Indeed, Diaz has two stretches of four straight days of appearances in 2017. The first came on June 18-21. He pitched one inning each time, allowing one run on three hits with one save in his only opportunity. His first two appearances involved four run leads, while he came in the ninth inning in a tie game in the other.

The second stretch was July 14-17 where he had four one-inning appearances — all save opportunities. He converted all four saves and allowed just one hit with a walk and nine strikeouts.

“I felt normal on those,” he said. “On that fifth day, when I came back I felt a little tired and tight. But that’s normal. Give me one day rest and I’ll be back the next day.”

Same thing for his multi-inning adventure in Texas where he threw 40 pitches to get a four-out save.

“I didn’t feel tired, but I had thrown a lot of pitches,” he said. “So I told them I need one day off and I’ll be ready again. But I was feeling good after that. One day? Not bad.”

With 10 saves in the month of April, Diaz is two away from tying the club-record set by Kazahiro Sasaki of 12 saves in the month.