Wagner gets no relief
Mets closer ruled out indefinitely
Billy Wagner has more pain and swelling in his pitching elbow, and the New York Mets' All-Star closer is out indefinitely.
Wagner had an MRI yesterday that revealed additional inflammation in his left elbow - an alarming sign after he spent most of the past two weeks resting his ailing arm. Now the National League East leaders don't know when he might be able to return to the mound, if at all, this season.
"I'm very frustrated, but there's not much for me to do," Wagner said.
The team had hoped to activate Wagner from the disabled list Monday in Pittsburgh. But he felt discomfort in his elbow after throwing a simulated game Saturday and was sent back to New York for further evaluation.
Upton contriteB.J. Upton apologized for a "mental lapse" on the bases, saying he didn't want to become a distraction for the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays.
"There's no excuse for it. It can't happen, especially in the middle of a pennant race," the 23-year-old center fielder said a day after his gaffe.
Benched three times in the past two weeks for not hustling, Upton looked shocked Monday night when he was thrown out at second base on what should have been a routine double.
Further reviewUmpires want baseball to take another look at instant replay.
Umps said their governing board voted to boycott a conference call today with management intended to discuss implementing replay because they're angry their concerns aren't being addressed. Major League Baseball responded by saying it canceled the call because it doesn't have a replay agreement with the union.
Umpires say they're unhappy that replay equipment is being installed away from the field in nearly all major league ballparks and also aren't pleased that MLB wants them to discuss the replays with umpire supervisors in New York before making a decision on whether to reverse a call.
Baseball has started installing equipment in ballparks, hoping to get a replay system for boundary calls up and running this month.