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It appears closer Billy Wagner wasn’t making excuses when he said his forearm hurt after blowing his seventh save of the year Saturday night.  Wagner had an MRI today and the results confirmed he has a left forearm strain.  As a result, Wagner has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Sunday).

“It’s just a bad time to have to go through something like this,” Wagner said

This is potentially devastating news for the Mets whose bullpen has been a disaster since the all-star break.  It could be worse though.  Since the MRI showed no structural damage, he should be back in the ‘pen when his 15 days are up.

To take Wagner’s place on the roster, the Mets have recalled pitcher Ruddy Lugo.  Lugo is 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA in parts of three seasons (102 appearances) with the Rays and Athletics.  This year Lugo has spent the season in the Zephyrs rotation going 7-9 with a 5.01 ERA.

Taking Wagner’s place as the closer will be set-up man, Aaron Heilman.  Heilman’s had a rough campaign this year posting a 1-6 record, with a 5.25 ERA.

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