Mets closer Billy Wagner said he his not ready to come off the disabled list Monday after throwing a 20-pitch simulated game yesterday.
Wagner, who went on the disabled list with a strained left forearm, will be re-examined before he throws again.
“I wouldnâ€™t say I am ready,â€™â€™ Wagner said. “Right now it is stiff and sore.â€™â€™
Wagner doubts he can throw in back-to-back games, let alone in three straight games.
At first, Wagner tried to be sarcastic and said, “Iâ€™m 37, Iâ€™m not going to be pain free,â€™â€™ but when pressed admitted to stiffness in his elbow.
Wagner said this less than a half-hour after manager Jerry Manuel said: “The main thing is heâ€™s healthy â€¦ he should be ready to go Monday.â€™â€™
Initially, pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wagner should be ready, but shortly after being told of the closerâ€™s comments, there was a closed doors meeting in the managerâ€™s office.
Assistant general manager Tony Bernazard said Wagner would be re-examined in New York before the throws again. Bernazard said another MRI has not been scheduled, nor are there plans for him to see an orthopedic specialist such as Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.
“I can play catch,â€™â€™ Wagner said. “When I try to amp it up and go full bore it is OK for awhile.â€™â€™
But, it doesnâ€™t stay that way.