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UPDATE: Braves waiting until Sunday for decision on Billy Wagner

Oct 9, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

UPDATE: Not so fast. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves manager Bobby Cox said that the team will wait until Sunday to make a decision regarding Billy Wagner’s spot on the NLDS roster.

The Braves are still holding out hope that he will be available should the team advance to the NLCS, so it’s possible they will play short-handed in the meantime. If the Braves determine that Wagner will not be able to return in the near future, Takashi Saito or Jair Jurrjens would likely replace him on the roster.

8:52 AM: According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Billy Wagner will be replaced on the NLDS roster due to a strained left oblique suffered in the 10th inning of last night’s game against the Giants.

“I went to field Renteria’s bunt, and when I tried to get out of
Troy’s way, that’s when I felt a tweak,”  Wagner said. “I tried to make a
pitch, just get out there and finish the inning. After I made the
pitch [to Torres] and tried to go toward the plate, I couldn’t move.

“Thank God he bunted it hard enough to get it back to me, or I couldn’t have made a play at all.”

Wagner is expected to be replaced on the roster by either Takashi
Saito or Jair Jurrjens, both of whom are recovering from injuries of their own. O’Brien gives the advantage to Saito, who was left off the original NLDS roster due to an inflamed shoulder.

Now that Wagner will be removed from the roster, he will be ineligible to return should the Braves advance to the NLCS. In other words, the Braves must reach the World Series in order for Wagner to pitch again during the postseason. The veteran left-hander has held pretty firm about his intent to retire after the 2010 season, so it’s very possible that this was the last time we’ll ever see him on the mound. That’s just not right.

  1. maninblack59 - Oct 9, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    only Billy can tell and if he says it’s over, than his body has had enough, he has throwed hard for yrs and it has taken alot for him to give it up, he will go down a winner in my book

  2. bboomer - Oct 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Really sad to see him go out this way. Totally unfair. He will, however, be my favorite finisher for years to come.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 9, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Please let him be available for the NLCS. He is a big-time choker in the postseason and the Phillies will destroy him.

  4. Route36West - Oct 9, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    I hope the Braves can come back and win this series. Giants got the only rotation that comes close to the Phillies and the Phillies bats have went quiet from time to time this year. I think if the Braves advance it all but punches the Phillies ticket to the world series.

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