New York Mets News and Notes: Livan Out, Wagner In

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2009

PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Pitcher Billy Wagner #13 of the New York Mets poses during Spring Training Photo Day at Tradition Field February 23, 2008 in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

As many of you have already heard, the Mets have outright released Livan Hernandez and have activated reliever Billy Wagner  off the DL.

In a season of so much doom and gloom, it would be nice to see Billy have a couple quality outings, as he clearly has worked very hard to get back on the mound much sooner than expected.

As for Livan Hernandez, he pretty much exceeded everyone's expectations at least early on in the year.

In the months of May and June, Livan pitched very well and had an ERA of 3.25. However, things rapidly went downhill for the 34 year old journeyman and he was never really able to regain his form.

No word yet on who will replace him in the starting rotation, but all signs would point to Nelson Figueroa.