Braves closer Billy Wagner suffered a strained left oblique Saturday in Game 2 of Atlanta’s NLDS matchup with the Giants. He tried throwing on Sunday morning but did not feel well, according to Jeff Flectcher of AOL Fanhouse, and is going to be replaced on the club’s postseason roster by Takashi Saito. Well, if MLB approves the move.
Saito was unavailable to the Braves down the stretch because of a shoulder injury, but he threw in an instructional league game last week and is again ready to contribute. A 40-year-old righty, he posted a fantastic 2.83 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 69/17 K/BB ratio over 54 innings during the regular season.
Wagner won’t be returning for the NLCS, if the Braves advance, and may be done altogether. He informed the world in August that he will retire after 2010.
The Dodgers announced on Thursday that the club activated pitcher Grant Dayton from the 10-day disabled list and designated pitcher Sergio Romo for assignment.
Dayton, 29, went on the disabled list earlier this month with neck stiffness. He’ll resume with a 3.63 ERA and a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.
Romo, 34, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Dodgers in February. It didn’t really work out, as the right-hander posted a 6.12 ERA with a 31/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. His peripherals are still decent, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a team in need of a bullpen arm makes a deal with the Dodgers within the week.
MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals pitcher Nate Karns underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Wednesday. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. Karns went on the disabled list in May with an elbow injury and didn’t make much progress.
The Royals acquired Karns from the Mariners in January in exchange for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Over eight starts and one relief appearance, the 29-year-old right-hander compiled a 4.17 ERA and a 51/13 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.
Karns will enter his first of three years of arbitration eligibility after the season, so he’ll be under the Royals’ control through 2020.