Billy Wagner tried to get in a simulated game between games of the doubleheader before returning to the bullpen this week. It didn’t go well. The closer had a setback. “If you want to call it that,” Omar Minaya said. Wagner walked off after his 13th pitch. He hit Gustavo Molina, his lone batter, in the foot with what appeared to be a slider. Minaya said Wagner felt discomfort in his troublesome elbow, and that he will be reevaluated by a doctor tomorrow. It doesn’t sound like he’s returning this week. It’s safe to wonder about the rest of the season. “We’ll continue to be conservative,” Minaya said.
Can they win this thing without him? What do you think?
After the 6-2 loss, Jerry Manuel said the Mets picked the wrong time to start playing bad baseball. Pedro said he felt better this time than last when he couldn’t get loose, and that he tried his hardest. Wright said Moyer is a tough guy for an aggressive team, and that no thoughts of last September’s collapse have crept in. Now it’s Santana vs. Hamels on Johan Santana Bobblehead Night.
Here’s the Mets’ lineup for Game 2: