Billy Wagner had TJ surgery at the end of the 2008 season, relievers generally take about a year to return from the operation and it appears that Wagner is slightly ahead of schedule.
If the Mets decide to keep all three closers (Rodriguez, Putz and Wagner), what a dominant bullpen they will have down the stretch.
Of course, with the loss of Carlos Delgado one of the closers might be included in a package for a bat. Would the Mets piece together the 8th inning, from the time of a trade, until Wagner returned in August, if a team demanded Putz in a deal for an offensive player.
If the Mets do decide to use all three closers for the rest of the season, both Putz and Wagner have club options for 2010. The Mets will have to decide whether they are going to pick-up either players option (essentially making them a very expensive set-up man) and if so, which one it will be...
Also on the promising side, the Daily News has learned that Billy Wagner is already hitting 90 mph on a mound in Port St. Lucie. He returned to the Mets' complex in recent days after a one-month moratorium on throwing off a mound. An August return now seems entirely realistic. source Daily News