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Billy Wagner To Rehab With B-Mets

August 13, 2008 - Eastern League (EL) Binghamton Mets

The New York Mets announced today that pitcher Billy Wagner will join the Binghamton Mets for a Major League rehab assignment. He is slated to start Thursday's 7:05 p.m. game against the Reading Phillies. The lefthander isn't expected to throw more than 20 pitches.

Wagner hasn't played for the Mets since August 2nd. He's was placed on the Disabled List on August 5th with a strained left forearm. The closer has a 2.30 ERA, 27 saves and 52 strikeouts in 47 innings with the Mets this season.

Signed by the Mets as a free agent prior to the 2006 season, Wagner has also played for Houston and Philadelphia during a Major League career that's spanned 14 seasons and included four National League All-Star selections. The 37-year-old is sixth all-time and third among active pitchers with 385 saves, saving 30 or more games in eight different campaigns. Wagner is no stranger to rehabbing in the Eastern League. While with Philadelphia, he made a start for the Reading Phillies in 2004 while recovering from a strained left groin. With Wagner starting, Eric Brown, Thursday's scheduled starter, will come out of the bullpen after Wagner finishes his rehab stint.

Wagner becomes the third Major Leaguer to rehab with the B-Mets this season. Outfielder Moises Alou rehabbed with Binghamton in Connecticut July 8th and 9th. Pitcher Orlando Hernandez started at NYSEG Stadium on July 17th.

The Binghamton Mets continue their seven-game homestand tonight with the second game of a three-game set against the Reading Phillies. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. at NYSEG Stadium.

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