NEW YORK â€” Mets closer Billy Wagner needs elbow surgery that will sideline him through the 2009 season.
The five-time All-Star has been sidelined since Aug. 3. He has a torn medial collateral ligament in his left elbow and a torn flexor pronator, which is a muscle in the forearm.
The Mets said today that Wagner will have surgery later this week.
Wagner, a 37-year-old left-hander, is owed $10.5 million next year, the final guaranteed season in $43 million, four-year contract with the Mets. The team has an $8 million option for 2010 with a $1 million buyout.
Wagner was 0-1 with a 2.30 ERA and 27 saves this season.
He hasn’t pitched since Aug. 2.
The Mets will have a conference call at 4 p.m.
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