The Mets have to be encouraged that Billy Wagner threw an inning in a minor league rehab game for the St. Lucie Mets yesterday. He threw 10 pitches and got two strikeouts and one ground ball for a clean inning. The Mets have already told Wagner that they’re not picking up his option for next season, so he must be intent on getting a contract with someone in the offseason.
It’s nice to think that the Mets could have Francisco Rodriguez, Billy Wagner, and J.J. Putz finishing off games for them late this season. The problem is that the team appears that they may be too far out of the playoff picture for it to matter.
The Mets also announced before yesterday’s game that Jose Reyes didn’t run the bases in Florida as he was supposed to. He’s still just doing some light jogging, not running full speed. The word from the team is that he may run the bases this weekend. I can’t wait to see him back with the team. He’s missed more than any of the big name players on the DL right now. The dropoff from his production to the backup players is huge. Again, he may be coming back too late for it to make a difference this season though.