Wagner out with strained rotator cuff

Updated: July 30, 2004, 4:27 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Phillies on Friday put left-handed closer Billy Wagner on the 15-day disabled list with a strained rotator cuff.

Billy Wagner
Relief Pitcher
Philadelphia Phillies
31 3 0 16 46 3.12

Wagner, a major offseason acquisition for the Phillies, also was on the DL for more than three weeks earlier this season because of a strained groin.

Wagner was examined by Dr. Michael Ciccotti on Thursday in Philadelphia and an MRI exam confirmed the diagnosis.

"He won't pick up a ball until the end of next week," Phillies manager Larry Bowa said before Friday's game against the Cubs.

Wagner will be re-examined when the Phillies return home after their long road trip that will take them to San Diego and Los Angeles after they leave Chicago.

Wagner has 16 saves in 18 chances during 31 appearances this season. He is 3-0 with a 3.12 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.

Philadelphia activated right-hander Amaury Telemaco to take Wagner's spot on the roster. Telemaco had been on the DL with a sore right rotator cuff, and is 0-2 with a 4.88 ERA in 10 appearances.

The Phillies entered play Friday tied for second in the NL East, 3 games behind Atlanta.

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