After surgery, Wagner to miss rest of season, likely all of '09

Updated: September 9, 2008, 2:47 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Billy Wagner is out for the rest of this season and likely all of next.

The New York Mets closer will have surgery after an MRI on Monday showed a torn medial collateral ligament in his pitching elbow has gotten worse during more than a month of rehabilitation. His injury could send the Mets into the free-agent market for a top reliever this winter, perhaps prompting them to pursue Francisco Rodriguez.

"It does change your thinking," general manager Omar Minaya said. "Any ...

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