Phils' closer sore after pitching Wednesday

Updated: July 23, 2004, 11:08 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies closer Billy Wagner was not available to pitch in Friday's loss to Chicago because of a sore throwing shoulder, and will miss the rest of the series against the Cubs.

Wagner said the injury occurred Wednesday, when we worked 1 1/3 innings against Florida and earned his 16th save. He tested the arm in a pregame catch Friday, but said it felt sore.

Wagner was examined before the game, but he was not declared inactive until the final out.

"Any time you're a pitcher and you're dealing with my arm, you have to be precautious," Wagner said. "When you throw as hard as I do, (injuries) happen."

The Phillies first said that Wagner would be out until Sunday, but manager Larry Bowa declared the closer would be out for the rest of the weekend.

Wagner missed one month earlier this year with a groin injury. In 31 appearances, he is 3-0 with a 3.12 ERA and 46 strikeouts.


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