Red Sox can’t ask for physical on Wagner
|08.24.09 at 1:52 pm ET|
Billy Wagner is healthy.
At least that’s what the Mets are stating by putting him on waivers, which ultimately led the the Red Sox being awarded the claim on the 38-year-old reliever last Friday.
While there have been some concerns over Wagner’s health, according to Buster Olney’s sources, rules state that by placing a player on waivers teams are putting a guarantee of full health on that player. If there is any physical issue, the team is required to pull the player back off of waivers.
If the team trades or assigns the player, and then it is determined the player is not healthy, Major League Baseball revokes the waivers and assigns the player back to his original team.
Bottom line, there is no such thing as a request for a physical on a waiver claim.
Some of the concerns over Wagner’s health had popped up after the lefty didn’t pitch over the weekend after making his first appearance of the season Thursday, in which he struck out two in completing a perfect inning, touching 96 mph with his fastball in the process. He had undergone Tommy John Surgery on his left, pitching elbow last September.
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