The Daily News is reporting that former Mets closer Billy Wagner will be rejoining the team on Sunday when they face the Giants at Citi Field. As suspected, Wagner is joining the team before Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, JJ Putz and John Maine, who were all placed on the disabled list this season, do.
Wagner has been out since last August, when he got Tommy John surgery on his elbow. At the time, it didn’t look like he’d play professional baseball any more. At the press conference discussing his injury last season, Wagner memorably broke down in tears stating that the hardest thing was that his son wouldn’t get to see him play any more.
However, Wagner battled back and is returning a lot faster than many expected him to. He deserves a lot of praise for his desire and will to return. If his rehab assignments are any indication, he could return to form. In four games at Port St. Lucie, Wagner allowed three hits but struck out six.
It will be nice to see the old familiar face in the bullpen, even it’s not in a closer’s role. Any relief for the beleaguered bullpen is good and it’ll give Jerry Manuel another left-handed option to complement workhorse Pedro Feliciano, who has been a little more vulnerable lately.
Will you be happy to see Wagner back?