New Red Sox reliever Billy Wagner met the media at Fenway Park this afternoon before tonight’s game against the White Sox (he also talked to the Globe’s Nick Cafardo yesterday). Here are some highlights from his comments:
- When asked what his role would be with the team, Wagner said he would do anything asked of him. “I can be the water boy, towel boy, lefty specialist, I don’t care,” he said.
- He said he does not think he will be able to pitch back to back days (he is coming off of Tommy John surgery), but other than that he would have no limitations.
- He is going to throw a bullpen session before the game tonight, which probably means he will not be available to pitch in tonight’s game.
- Wagner will wear No. 13, which Alex Gonzalez had been wearing. Gonzalez will now wear No. 3. Wagner, who wore 13 for the Mets, said he showed up at Fenway and the No. 13 jersey was in his locker.
- Wagner said he talked to closer Jonathan Papelbon about some recent comments made by both pitchers when Wagner was rumored to possibly been heading to Boston, and he said that both he and Papelbon were on the same page and there was no animosity whatsoever. He said he understood where Papelbon was coming from.
More in a bit …