Say Bye To Billy Wagner Until 2010

9 Sep

Say bye to the rat:

Billy Wagner is out for the rest of this season and likely all of next.

The New York Mets closer will have surgery after an MRI on Monday showed a torn medial collateral ligament in his pitching elbow has gotten worse during more than a month of rehabilitation. His injury could send the Mets into the free-agent market for a top reliever this winter, perhaps prompting them to pursue Francisco Rodriguez.

“It does change your thinking,” general manager Omar Minaya said. “Any guy that we run out there is not going to be a proven guy. So, you know, until you have a proven guy, you can’t say you’re comfortable.”

A five-time All-Star, Wagner also has a torn flexor pronator, which is a muscle in the forearm. When he tested his arm Sunday at Shea Stadium by facing teammate Gustavo Molina, Wagner hit the reserve catcher on the left foot with his 13th pitch, then walked off the field.

“The tear is now big enough that the doctors are recommending so-called Tommy John surgery,” Minaya said. “If all goes well, he will be able to return to pitch in about a year’s time following the surgery.”

And some wondered why the Phillies balked at giving him a long-term contract extension.  He’s already 37 years old, I wonder if he’ll just retire.  At his age it might make more sense to just stay home and play with his millions of dollars.  Just a thought.

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One Response to “Say Bye To Billy Wagner Until 2010”

  1. Lottery Larry September 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm #

    Is it just me, or is that picture solid proof as to WHY he ripped up the arm?

    I’m not a baseball coach, but isn’t Wagner WAY too extended on the step, with his arm way behind? Where is he getting his power from?

    Maybe he always pitched that way and I didn’t notice it. I thought you should be getting more drive from the body and the hips than it seems Wagner could be getting.

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