CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies closer Billy Wagner will be
sidelined for a week with an inflamed finger that caused pain
during a workout Tuesday.
Wagner, acquired from Houston during the offseason, reported
soreness in his left hand after his 40-pitch session.
An MRI exam Tuesday showed no structural damage to the middle
finger of his throwing hand. Wagner was prescribed
anti-inflammatory medicine and fitted with a splint.
"I'm just trying to be cautious," he said. "When I first came
to camp, I told the trainer about it, and we wanted to keep an eye
on it. Today it didn't feel good at all, and it looked like it
started to swell a little bit."
Wagner, who had 44 saves last season, came to the Phillies in a
trade that sent Brandon Duckworth, Taylor Buchholz and Ezequiel
Astacio to the Astros.
Philadelphia had an NL-high 18 blown saves last year, while
Wagner had just three.
"It's good timing," Wagner said. "You have to look at the
overall well-being of the team. We have guys like (Tim) Worrell and
(Rheal) Cormier in the bullpen to pick me up. If Billy Wagner is
out, it's not the end of the season."