If Wagner works out, Wolf goes on DL

Updated: June 5, 2004, 6:30 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The Philadelphia Phillies will place starter Randy Wolf on the 15-day disabled list if closer Billy Wagner has a good outing in a rehab assignment Sunday.

Wagner, on the DL with a strained left groin, will pitch for Double-A affiliate Reading in Bowie, Md.

Wolf, who has tendinitis in his left elbow, finished his scheduled bullpen session Saturday before the Phillies' 5-3 win over the Braves, but he felt tight and couldn't adequately extend after releasing the ball.

"I don't have any argument with that," Wolf said of the club's decision. "Two years ago, I was out a couple of starts, and it cleaned up. It's not sore, just kind of stiff. There's no reason to rush anything."

Wolf, who's 2-3 with a 2.91 ERA, was scheduled to start Tuesday when Philadelphia visits the Chicago White Sox. If Wagner reports no problems and comes off the DL, manager Larry Bowa said rookie reliever Ryan Madson would make his first career start.

"We can compensate," Bowa said. "Right now it doesn't look like Wolf will miss more than two starts."

If Wagner remains on the DL, Bowa likely will keep Madson in the bullpen and keep Josh Hancock in the rotation. Hancock lasted only two innings in his last start, an 8-4 loss Thursday to Atlanta. The 26-year-old allowed eight hits, six earned runs and one walk.

The Phillies are already down one starter with right-hander Vicente Padilla on the DL with biceps tendinitis.

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