The Mets placed Billy Wagner on the disabled list after a MRI confirmed a strained left forearm and manager Jerry Manuel said veteran Aaron Heilman would be the closer.
“This is good news because it is nothing major,” general manager Omar Minaya said of the diagnosis. “We’re trying to be cautious with him.”
Manuel said Heilman’s experience and ability to handle both right handed and left handed hitters was his determining factor in choosing him over prospect Ed Kunz.
Wagner felt discomfort last week at Florida, and again when he blew a save Saturday at Houston.
“I wasn’t able to finish my pitches,” Wagner said. “I am not able to go in consecutive days.”
Taking Wagner’s spot will be Triple-A reliever Ruddy Lugo.