Injured Wagner’s out for rest of series and next round

SAN FRANCISCO — Friday’s 5-4 win against San Francisco in Game 2 of the National League Division Series was huge but costly for the Braves, who lost closer Billy Wagner to strained his left oblique muscle that might effectively keep him from pitching again before his planned retirement.

“That’s tough,”  Braves catcher Brian McCann said.  “You can’t replace a guy like Billy Wagner. But we’re going to do everything we can to [overcome it]. We lost Chipper Jones, Martin Prado, we’ve lost a lot of key members of this team, and a lot of guys have stepped up.

“You saw what [Craig] Kimbrel did tonight. He pitched a great game.”

Kimbrel struck out four in two perfect innings in the ascendant rookie’s first postseason appearance.

Wagner, who hasn’t wavered on plans to retire after the season, will not be eligible to pitch again this postseason unless the Braves advance to the World Series. And that’s only if he’s healed enough by then.

The Braves will replace him on the NLDS roster by activating either reliever  Takashi Saito or starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens before Sunday’s Game 3 at Turner Field.  It will likely be Saito, who’s been recovering from a sore shoulder.

Wagner would be ineligible for the National League Championship Series. Rules permit teams to replace an injured player during a series, but doing so makes that  injured player ineligible for the next round.

The 38-year-old left-hander hopes to be back for the World Series, if the Braves make it. Rookies Kimbrel and Jonny Venters are options for closer duties in Wagner’s absence, along with Saito.

“I’m probably the worst one out there, compared to what they’re facing,” Wagner said. “I wouldn’t want to face our bullpen. You’ve got unknowns out there, they  don’t have no patterns. You can’t gear up [as a hitter to face them]. Fourteen years of Billy Wagner, you know what’s coming.

“You don’t know what Kimbrel, Dunn and Venters are going to do. You’re in a good situation, you’ve got a veteran down there in [Kyle] Farnsworth, you’ve got some guys that have been there. It’s fun. They’re very capable of doing whatever Skip asks, and I’ve got all the faith in the world in them.”

Wagner was injured while trying to avoid a collision with third baseman Troy Glaus as both were pursuing Edgar Renteria’s 1oth-inning bunt near  the third-base line.

Renteria advanced when Andres Torres followed with a sacrifice bunt, which Wagner fielded in front of the mound. He was able to throw out Torres, but that was all for Wagner, who walked gingerly off the field with a Braves trainer.

“I went to field Renteria’s bunt, and when I tried to get out of Troy’s way, that’s when I felt a tweak,”  Wagner said. “I tried to make a pitch, just get out there and finish the inning. After I made the pitch [to Torres] and tried to go toward the plate, I couldn’t move.

“Thank God he bunted it hard enough to get it back to me, or I couldn’t have made a play at all.”

101 comments Add your comment

Jeese Stone

October 9th, 2010
5:56 am

I knew putting Glaus at 3rd would hurt us.

Big Ed

October 9th, 2010
5:56 am

First, Go BRAVES.

Big Ed

October 9th, 2010
5:57 am

You son of a

NCBRAVESFAN

October 9th, 2010
6:17 am

Best of luck to you Wags. Hope you can still be the heart and soul of the bullpen.Great win Braves!!! Lets not make another trip out West!

rudy

October 9th, 2010
6:21 am

now lets take advantage of home field….braves fans get out there…..like every pitch counts,every voice will tooo…check philly and san fran fans……………..LETS GO BRAVES

jy

October 9th, 2010
6:24 am

If Glaus had not started that double play they would have scored the winning run.

Jeese Stone

October 9th, 2010
6:37 am

jy- was speaking of Wagner’s injury

Mr. Enigma

October 9th, 2010
6:42 am

“Kimbrel struck out four in two perfect innings in the ascendant rookie’s first postseason appearance.”

Wrong. Kimbrel pitched 0.2 IP in Game 1.

go jackets

October 9th, 2010
6:43 am

OK, It’s time to give TG a break. we would NOT be here if not for what he did early this season. And if he doesn’t make the split second call to go for the dp, there is no ankiel homer.

Younger Than That Now

October 9th, 2010
6:46 am

Glaus did fine at 3rd base… nobody else could have done any more than he did on that play, and being a veteran 3rd baseman paid off on the double play that inning. Conrad probably doesn’t even go for the DP, and that one DP gave the Braves the chance to win the game and you can’t ask any more out of any player than that. Any Braves player or coach would say the same thing, and probably did.

Younger Than That Now

October 9th, 2010
6:49 am

JY… Right you are!

Younger Than That Now

October 9th, 2010
6:53 am

Sorry… and go jackets too!!

Braves325

October 9th, 2010
6:53 am

I can’t believe Wagner is out. This team has awful luck. I guess we’ll just have to make it to the World Series so he can pitch again before he retires. Let’s do it.

jerry

October 9th, 2010
7:07 am

The Braves are getting close to having a better team off the field than they do on the field.

MikeY

October 9th, 2010
7:10 am

I am deeply sorry that Wagner is hurt. Looked at the replay several times, Wagner had no play on the ball even if he had fielded it. It was Glaus’ play to make. Actually Wagner interfered with Glaus on the play, Glaus had a shot at making the bare handed play and throwing out Renteria. So no pot shots to Glaus, I think we are better off with a Glaus/Hinske platoon at 3B and let Infante play 2B, and Conrad do his magic as a PH.

urban redneck

October 9th, 2010
7:19 am

BILLY!! I’ve been yelling that all year. What a champ he is. You have to admire anyone who steps out while they are still on top. I hope to see him back for the Series. If not, then hats off to that good ol country boy.
Go Braves!!!

jack

October 9th, 2010
7:31 am

couldnot bobby cox dowithout the big dip of snuff during the intervue

Matt

October 9th, 2010
7:32 am

MIke Y you speak my mind exactly exact!!!! Go BRAVES!!! ;)

contrarian

October 9th, 2010
7:37 am

Let’s just have one day of not ripping on Glaus (even if it’s in jest)… he’s earned that much with that double play.

athensmatt

October 9th, 2010
7:39 am

I know Billy Wagner has had some great quotes all season, but the ones right here are the best I’ve ever read. Thanks, Billy, for an outstanding year. Hope we get to see you pitch again.

Andy

October 9th, 2010
7:46 am

I know it was almost 6 a.m. so I won’t fault you for it, but you might want to change the score in the first sentence to 5-4.

Former Cox Player

October 9th, 2010
8:11 am

If Glaus isn’t @ 3rd Sunday, and Infante @ 2nd, against the lefty, let Bobby sit out the rest of the series, with Wags. Would Bobby have put Troy in the game at all? No, and we probably lose because Infante wouldn’t have turned that DP. I’d rather have a sure handed vet with limited range, than a great utility guy out of position – Infante – and a great bench player – Conrad – infecting the defense. Besides, Glaus looks healthy now, and if he gets the bat going…..

tricky55

October 9th, 2010
8:19 am

@Cox Player: Bobby still pulls the strings when he is kicked out. Stands down the tunnel watches on TV and give instructions.

Braves Fan Lost in Ohio

October 9th, 2010
8:29 am

I knew putting Glaus at 3rd would hurt us. Jeese Stone

Glaus didn’t do anything wrong. He was SUPOSSED to be charging hard at that ball, and I’m not sure he would have even had a play at first if he hadn’t slipped. It was a freak injury and totally unfair to blame that on Glaus.

Hicky

October 9th, 2010
8:33 am

How about those rookies now, Braves will have to depend on Kimbrel and Venters to get the job done ! Go Bravo’s.

Charles Alexander

October 9th, 2010
8:35 am

Well, it didn’t hurt when Glaus started the double play.

Chillahill43

October 9th, 2010
8:50 am

Wow ankiel crushed that ball huh? I know that bad thoughts went thru a lotta peoples head when renteria laid it down and troy slips. But to nut up and turn that DP. Wow.! More impressive was he was setting it up with Alex while the medics were with Wags.. Thats why he is on the 25. Veterens-they have been there they anticipate and they prepare. Would our other 3rd base guys have had those same ideas, we will never know. But i really gotta say Probably not.. TG came thru. Obviously many rose to the ocassion. If Milk Dud doesnt
stand there for 10 minutes fouling off chest high fastballs and then getting the infield hit we may be doing our beyatching and moaning this Morning. Love me some of these cardiac kids. Go Braves. Lets do what we do best… Win at home!!!

LGLewis

October 9th, 2010
8:50 am

Great Job Bravo’s, Glaus made a super play on double play; Gonzo had a big hit; Ankeil was big as well; and the bullpen was sensational. Go Braves.

Dreaming

October 9th, 2010
8:50 am

OMG! I was almost afraid to log on this morning, thinking that I might have been dreaming. Glaus, Ankiel, and Farnsworth??? Heroes? YES! Go Braves. We need to ROCK that stadium on Sunday Braves fans! And Monday, too!

Lyle Brax

October 9th, 2010
8:55 am

I like it when they hit the ball real good! Then they run and run and run!

flatFork

October 9th, 2010
8:57 am

jessie stone, c’mon, man. That was Glaus’s ball off the bat. Wagner should’ve pulled up before they crossed paths.

K Brave

October 9th, 2010
8:59 am

To do anything but praise Glaus is just foolish and coming from someone that just doesn’t know the game. It is a tribute to Bobby Cox, this coaching staff and this entire team that these guys are still in this with all the key injuries that have happened. This team has more heart then any team I have ever seen. And I have been a Braves fan through thick and thin every since they came to Atlanta. You Johny come lately fair weather fans need to get a grip.

Oh the Humanity

October 9th, 2010
9:05 am

Are strained oblique muscles contagious? Was Billy sitting next to Chipper early in the game? Darn you Chipper Jones!!!!

joe Simpson for Manager

October 9th, 2010
9:13 am

That trade with KC finally paid off last night.

John

October 9th, 2010
9:18 am

I think im going to throw up. I hope Kimbrel is ready

Ekim

October 9th, 2010
9:18 am

When Troy Glaus got sent to Gwinnett and was quoted as saying that he was going to practice at third base and hopefully come back and help this team, how many thought anything but “yeah, right, snowball’s chance?”
No, not me either. But how cool and gutsy was that DP?

Billy

October 9th, 2010
9:33 am

Thanks Wags for everything, this braves team has a lot of heart.

jeff

October 9th, 2010
9:39 am

good heavens…a 5-4-3 to end the inning while the potential winning run sprints home from 3rd!!! Wow, now I wish I had stayed up to watch. The fact that this patchwork team has won a game in the NLDS is amazing. Let’s hope Hudson can pitch lights out on Sunday and go from there. Congrats Braves.

boots

October 9th, 2010
9:39 am

Wagner is the kind of guy you wish had been playing for the Braves for most of his career. When he finally did arrive, you just felt, “this guy is a natural fit with this team.” He was made to be a Brave, and it sucks that it took so long for him to arrive. Man, I wish he would stick around another year.

LaChica

October 9th, 2010
9:54 am

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LittleRockBravesFan

October 9th, 2010
9:56 am

Dang!!! This is another crushing blow to our team, but I think that our young relievers will do a decent job of covering the closer’s role.

Unfortunately our players seem to be dropping out like flies. Perhaps we need a new conditioning coach next season…

LaChica

October 9th, 2010
9:56 am

You’re so right Mike! I feel more comfortable with Glaus at third.

MelinMidtown

October 9th, 2010
9:59 am

DOB:

Re-read your first sentence – The “1-0″ game was a Braves loss on Thursday. The game that I watched last night saw the Braves win 5-4.

Hit A Single

October 9th, 2010
10:00 am

This morning I am glad and proud to call myself a Braves fan. This bunch just won’t quit and somebody different seems to step forward everytime. Somebody blogged the other day that the Braves need to leave Farnsworth off the playoff roster. Well I am glad the Braves brass knows more than that person. I really hate it for Wagner. I was never a Wagner fan before this year. But I am now. What a competitor and great guy. Goes to show you can’t judge somebody just because they don’t play for your team.

ijudgenot

October 9th, 2010
10:04 am

tricky55

October 9th, 2010
8:19 am
@Cox Player: Bobby still pulls the strings when he is kicked out. Stands down the tunnel watches on TV and give instructions.

tricky56, maybe what pitchers should be replaced but the most pivotal call was to have Conrad bunt the runners over to 3rd and 2nd to set up Gonzalez double. Cox has not made moves like that since earlier in the year. I think that one was on Chino. Now the substitution of Glaus at 3rd and putting Infante at 2nd, maybe Cox ordered that change, if so he deserves a lot of credit because Conrad does not turn that play at 2nd like Infante did. I believe bringing Wagner in in the 10th was Cox because it showed his lack of faith in Farnsworth.
Now on Wagner, This guy showed what a proffessional he is with that throw to first after the bunt. Replays shows the pain he was in and how much he knew it would hurt to let it loose to first to get the runner. Inspite of the pain he threw a hard strike to first. Thanks Wags.

kaminari

October 9th, 2010
10:04 am

The best quote from Troy was that he never even thought about going home.

Wagner has been an awesome fit for the team. He’s the anchor of our bullpen. I hope he’s able to stay with the club in the dugout / bullpen. We need him there. Still can’t believe we pulled this one off. The miracle of all miracles in a season filled with them. So happy to say I’m a Braves fan today.

bruce mac

October 9th, 2010
10:08 am

Wags is a total pro, thank you sir. Please, leave Melky on the bench for the rest of the series. He needs a wiinter to get his swing back. He is just poking at the ball and has a bad dip in his swing. If he centered a ball it would be a pure accident. Go Braves.

BFAN

October 9th, 2010
10:10 am

Jesse Stone you are a complete idiot. If you spent as much time trying to be smarter instead of trying to figure out how to be the first poster you wouldn’t look like the butt of the year. Go somewhere else..

retired.... and tired again

October 9th, 2010
10:11 am

this group is is the definition of TEAM !

Rufio

October 9th, 2010
10:15 am

I have to admit, I am kind of glad I fell asleep at the 7th inning. I would be in the hospital right now from all the stomach acid eating through my body. Wagner has a problem pitching without a having an opposing player on first base. I have not been a Alex Gonzalez fan (he came through), I am thrilled to see Glaus out there (not a fan of the Lee trade)(that was a hell of a double play, what a set of balls, maybe that is why he walks with a gimp) and Kyles Farnsworth…..LOL who knew he could still pitch. Yep, I would have had to be removed when hit the batter. What a night, I could barely watch the highlights on MLB channel this morning.

Congratulations Braves What a momentum swing !

lee

October 9th, 2010
10:27 am

somebody made the comment to me that 90% of the 3rd basemen would have made the play the other night when the ball went under infante’s glove. well, im glad to see a real 3rd basemen out there, in Glaus to start that double play. its amazing when to me that when the coaching staff puts players in positions where they WILL be successful, and players on the feild do not make stupid mistakes amazing things can happen!! they can actually win games!! what a concept!! so Glaus in= win!! Conrad in= loss!! it does not take a genius to understand what is going on!!Braves can not win with bad defense since they can not hit water if they fell out of a boat usually!!! as far as Giants bringing in their closer for two inning, its great to be on the other side of a stupid managerial move!! that is usually Bobby Cox’s Roll!! And i do not think the Giants can touch Kimbrel!! so maybe there is some magic in the air here!!! you know?

RusDawg

October 9th, 2010
10:41 am

DOB. 5-4 in the first sentence. Not 1-0. Stupid late games ruin sleep patterns.

Brava

October 9th, 2010
10:48 am

Billy Wagner went down fighting. Unbelievable how he made that play while fighting through the pain.

Billy, you are a class act. Hope to see you pitch again in the WS, you deserve it. I only wish you had played with the Braves for many years and would be ecstatic if you changed your mind and gave us one more. Get well soon.

BBUA

October 9th, 2010
10:48 am

The Giants are pitching a lefty tomorrow, hopefully our lineup will be as follows (this is the starting 9 only not the batting lineup):

C – Ross
1B – Lee
2B – Infante
SS- Gonzalez
3B – Glaus
LF – Diaz
CF – Ankiel
RF – Heyward

I’m okay with McCann at C, just thought it was Ross turn to start. Hopefully they will get to Sanchez early and make it an easy win for Hudson. What a great win last night, let’s hope it’s the beginning on 11 wins needed to win the championship.

MattinPa

October 9th, 2010
10:52 am

To defend Troy a little bit….I’m not really sure that he truly accidentally slipped on that Renteria bunt. I think what happened was that he was really trying to avoid crashing into Wagner and falling down like he did, although certainly not graceful, was the best way he could handle it. Billy apparently already hurt himself on that play, imagine if Troy had collided with him as well…..(and maybe they both get hurt?)

Brava

October 9th, 2010
10:54 am

Oh, and, Jesse Stone. I second the sentiments of many here. You are an idiot. Troy Glaus’ setup of that DP prevented the Giants from winning the game. No way Conrad or Omar make that play. Thank you to whoever made the decision to put him in and thank you, Troy.

Brava

October 9th, 2010
10:58 am

MattinPa, I agree. I think if Billy were not charging the ball at the same time, Troy wouldn’t have fallen and may have made what is a very tough play for any 3rd baseman.

jim

October 9th, 2010
10:59 am

I think Venters & Kimbrel will be OK at the back of the bullpen, but losing anyone in that pen, especially Wagner, is a major blow. The biggest strength of this team going into September was the strength and depth of the bullpen. Now we have lost Wagner, Saito, and EOF. There are no (good) alternatives to Venters and Kimbrel in the 8th and 9th innings, and Venters in particular has already been overworked. Farnsworth becomes more important and will have to pitch as well as he did last night. Moylan will need to be more than a righthanded specialist, which has been his role of late. We need the starters to step up and give us 7+. The loss of Wagner and potential loss of Saito and EOF will hurt us more in the next round, if we get through this one. The off day(s) is very welcome.

Frankie Knuckles

October 9th, 2010
11:04 am

I want our strength and conditioning coach to sign a 10 year deal.

jim

October 9th, 2010
11:11 am

The positive of starting Troy at 3B is that he gives a stronger bat against a lefthanded pitcher. The negative is that Hudson is pitching for the Braves (followed by Lowe) and will get a lot of ground balls. The DP ball last night was hit right to him and the bunt was perfect — no 3B is likely to get ER on that play, so we have no evidence of his range or his capability of charging a bunt. We need to have the best IF defense to back Huddy, and we may or may not lose a lot with Troy at 3B. (the ideal scenario is that Troy starts and hits a 3-run HR in the first inning, then is replaced by Diory Hernandez for the rest of the game.

Supes

October 9th, 2010
11:30 am

Big loss for the Braves, Wagner was the glue holding the back end of the pen together. If the young guns, Farnsworth and Moyland can hold it together it will be a miracle. Of course Saito’s had experience…if he’s healthy I feel good having him available to face righties and in late innings.

Mostly I feel bad if this is how Wagner’s career is gonna end, he deserved better than this. Maybe the Braves can get him to the WS and he can be healthy enough to pitch at least one more time!!!

Thank you Billy for being the best all year long, heal fast and Braves Country is behind you!

Bravo-n-Knoxville

October 9th, 2010
11:35 am

Glaus did what he was supposed to…if anything, Wagner should have told Glaus if a bunt is on 3rd base side it’s mine to prevent any injury to Glaus’ already bad wheels…instead, seemingly there was no communication between the 2 and we almost saw a runaway train collision. Troy made a great play and Omar tuned it well. The kid can handle the closers job…moreso than Farnsworth…imo.

nelson

October 9th, 2010
11:39 am

In truth i regret what of billy wagner but its hope it will be kimbrel the closer yesterday demonstrated that it has to be closer, good victory and fans of braves , lifted his voice throughout the game take copy of the fans in SF , do not remain seated , shout , become crazy to the team contrary and of course rescue the Tomawak chop it is time to return to sing with force.

glord1

October 9th, 2010
11:51 am

No chance on Renterias bunt for Glaus. He did however save the game with a veteren heads up play at 3rd. I have no problem with Glaus. He got paid little and carried the team for 6 weeks. When he broke down they replaced him. Without Glaus the team does not get in the playoffs this year.

Bob the Blogger

October 9th, 2010
11:55 am

That was a chancy play by Glaus, because he could have gotten the sure out at home for the second out. If Infante doesn’t stretch toward left field to catch the ball, then make a good throw to first, the season is over. So even though it turned out well, Glaus almost blew it. Give Infante credit for saving our tails on that one.

Ted

October 9th, 2010
11:57 am

Anybody who watched the game last night knows that Kimbrel is ready. He pitched two amazing innings last night. For all the injuries we’ve sustained, I think the one constant that has kept this team in it is this bullpen. When the starters have had bad outings, the bullpen comes in and shuts the other team down (like last night). Losing Wags is huge, but we’ve got several quality guys down in the pen that can step up to fill that role.

Elmer

October 9th, 2010
11:58 am

I second the above; Ank, Glaus and Farns, unlikely heroes.It’s in the bag now!

Bob the Blogger

October 9th, 2010
12:01 pm

Does anybody else think that Rick Ankiel looks like Kenny Chesney? The only two differences are that Ankiel is eight inches taller and has some talent.

Kashi

October 9th, 2010
12:03 pm

I think WHITE TOWEL in Philly must be band. Reds had trouble tracking ball in outfield when thousands of white towel waving

Dirty Dawg

October 9th, 2010
12:06 pm

The problem with having Troy play third is obvious…Edgar Renteria isn’t the only smart ball-player the Giants have – and I’d be willing to bet that he laid that bunt down on his own. They’ll try Troy over and over until he shows he can make the play. I frankly thing he can, his straight-away speed isn’t all that bad and with his career-long experience at third, surely some muscle-memory still remains. I hope he does play so we can get Conrad back on the bench for late-inning pinch-hitting.

A-Ville Ranger

October 9th, 2010
12:14 pm

Thanks should go to Wagner for helping us get to the post season. That said we have several pitchers I’d rather have closing a post season game than Billy. The guy has been absolutely a terrible post season pitcher his whole career. He went into this series with a 10:32 ERA in post season play. The sample is large enough to suggest he simply doesn’t have the makeup to close playoff games.

stew

October 9th, 2010
12:24 pm

From what I’ve seen of Glaus at third, he would seem to be a liability. He made a great clutch play. I give him credit. I’m not so sure about his ability to throw. Conrad has had his problems as had Infante at third.

Joshua

October 9th, 2010
12:27 pm

Was anyone else tingling with excitement when they brought Glaus in at third? All year all we’ve heard is how Glaus isn’t going to play third etc, and ever since we acquired D Lee I felt that they saw that as a distinct option. Low and behold he makes a huge gutsy game saving play. Man experience came through in the clutch last night – Glaus’s DP ball, Gonzalez and D Lee raking and getting us back in the game, not to mention a great turn on the DP by Gonz and D Lee flashing the leather repeatedly saving errors at first base. Frank Wren looks awfully smart after that game.

roja

October 9th, 2010
12:28 pm

Mr Enigma, I’m not sure which game you watched but Kimbrell faced Huff, Posey and Schierholtz in the 8th striking out both Huff and Posey. Then he came back out in the 9th and faced Uribe, Sandoval and Ross striking out both Sandoval and Ross — hence 2 perfect innings with 4 K’s.

And to all the “Farnsworth should not be on the postseason roster” people, I for one am sure glad he is. And how ’bout that Rick Ankiel????

Joshua

October 9th, 2010
12:29 pm

“From what I’ve seen of Glaus at third, he would seem to be a liability. He made a great clutch play. I give him credit. I’m not so sure about his ability to throw. Conrad has had his problems as had Infante at third.”

He well rested and could be a huge spark in the line-up. And considering Conrad and Infante’s defensive liabilities, I’m rather hoping Glaus is healthy enough now to make some starts over their.

Joshua

October 9th, 2010
12:29 pm

Joshua

October 9th, 2010
12:42 pm

What a gutsy call by Cox too. Traditionally he would have sent out Wags in the 9th, but decided to break his own precedent and let Kimbrel continue and save Wags for the 10th. Was a great call and I love to see it.

JacketFan

October 9th, 2010
12:43 pm

I’m sorry, but that DP turned by TG was the play of the game … and he called it! The last conference at the mound, Glaus told them what was coming and what he was going to do. He never hesitated and saved us a chance to go into the 11th. Without TG’s experience and professional cool, we wouldn’t be talking about Ankiel’s bomb.

Russell

October 9th, 2010
12:55 pm

when glaus plays the braves have a better winning record……by the way he caught the ball and the ball didn’t go into center field……………

bobbymahlon

October 9th, 2010
1:16 pm

I’m really delighted with Kimbrel how he goes after the hitters with his fast ball and slider. Now he is not walking hitters like he used to thus not having as many base runners to worry about. He is the perfect closer if you go by his stats and nobody has better ones.

jo-ja boi

October 9th, 2010
1:16 pm

Enigma, he was simply trying to say that this is his first postseason..everyone is a critic sheesh…It’s Jheys, and Venters first postseason appearance as well!

Paddy O

October 9th, 2010
1:30 pm

considering, and we know he was, the pain he was in, the play on the bunt was a life saver – I just don’t know why he was there – he was your closer, not your game extender – but either way – thanks Billy W!

Paddy O

October 9th, 2010
1:31 pm

the glaus db was a great play – now we need to take 2 more.

TTTT-Thumbody Thed Thats Thupid

October 9th, 2010
1:33 pm

Watching it again now on MLB channel on DTV. Just as sweet second time around. Hope the outcome is the same! Love that Kimbrel kid. Doesn’t get enough credit. Gotta go, here comes the 8th inning.

Reality

October 9th, 2010
2:06 pm

Just read over this morning’s comments. Gotta say, that Lew is one big Troy Glaus hater. Dude, Troy’s knees did not collapse on him, he slipped in wet grass. Were you not listening to the announcers? You really didn’t need that many posts to make your point, you know? You could have just said, “I hate Troy Glaus”, would have had the same effect with less effort on your part.

A.D.

October 9th, 2010
2:11 pm

Ankiel’s bomb narrowly missed Bruce and Lance in the tandem kayak. Fear the clean shaven Kimbrel!

Hit A Single

October 9th, 2010
2:12 pm

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Ken Stallings

October 9th, 2010
2:45 pm

If he wants to I am certain we have not seen the last of Billy Wagner in baseball. Yes, I know he will follow through on his promise to retire as a player. But, when you read those magnificent coments he made about his fellow bullpen pitchers, and I think Wagner could be a great pitching coach if he wants to be.

The man’s got tons of class! I’m going to really miss him!

MitchC

October 9th, 2010
2:51 pm

The rule that says if a player is injured in the playoffs, they are automatically ineligble for the next round, is stupid. What happens if a guy injures himself in the NLDS, and is okay in 2 or 3 days? They should not penalize a team for two weeks, just because a guy injured himself.

If I were Bobby, I would probably do the closer thing by matchup, and have Venters in the 9th if there are more lefties due up, and Kimbrel in the 9th with more righties due up. I’d keep Saito out of any important late inning situations. He’s rusty, and ineffective.

That would be awful if Billy really is finished for his career. He could always decide to come back next year, but, my feeling is, he wont do that.

JeanE

October 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

I think Troy has earned the right to start at 3rd base Sunday, especially facing a lefty. He if struggles, we can sub for him and I also like the idea of starting Rossy against the lefty and MattE D in LF. Wags, you are the eipitome of class. I didn’t always like you but didn’t really know you and you were on teams I hated! Totally classy guy, we are really going to have to buckle down without him. Just 1 more in another long line of devastating injuries to this Braves team! Go Braves!

JoeBravesFan

October 9th, 2010
3:35 pm

Maybe this incident will make Billy want to come back next year. I’m sure he’d hate to have his career end this way. That’s why Chipper wants to come back next year, because he didn’t want his career to end because of an injury. It’s time for other people to step up, like B Mac said. We have an awesome one-two punch in Kimbrel and Venters for closers. If Saito’s healthy enough, that’s just icing on the cake! Also, I hope a day off doesn’t cool off our bats after last night’s AWESOME comeback performance. Let’s knock the Giants out at home on Monday, boys!

Barkin'Dog

October 9th, 2010
3:51 pm

Paraphrased from “For Love of the Game”… Billy isn’t pitching against left handers, he isn’t pitching against pinch hitters, he isn’t pitching against anyone for awhile. He’s just hoping the other Braves pitchers will pitch well enough for him to get another start. Then he’ll be pitching against time… against the future, against age, and even when you think about his career, against ending. And I think he might be able to use that retiring old arm one more time to push the sun back up in the sky and give us one more day of summer.

Younger Than That Now

October 9th, 2010
4:08 pm

Someone mentioned that Glaus’ throw on the DP was on the left field side of the base, and it was, but not an un-catchable throw… and Infante does a great job on the play with a super-quick turn, and frankly I don’t think Conrad would have made it.

Nobody is saying that Glaus made the “perfect” throw… it’s just the fact that he had the concious wherewithall (kahoonas, gonads, etc.) to go to second for the DP to end the inning and the threat. That comes from being a veteran third baseman that has confidence in his abilities. He should be starting at 3rd base on Sunday to hopefully do what he did for about 6 weeks earlier this year, and that’s lead this team at the plate. Without Troy Glaus for that six weeks the Braves are all at home right now watching somebody else in the playoffs.

And to all of those that yelled for Conrad to start somewhere all season… and we haven’t heard from any of them lately… I think we’ve seen why he is 30 something years old and just now playing his rookie year. As a pinch hitter off the bench he is a huge threat, and excelled because he was put into that position for the first time in his career. He’s a good role player who has done a great job in that role… but he isn’t an everyday player, and he’s shown it.

MARIO

October 9th, 2010
4:13 pm

With or without Wagner Giants will split the 2 at Atlanta and win game five in SF.

roscoethedog

October 9th, 2010
4:22 pm

start troy glaus at 3rd an keep conrad for pinch hitting. If glaus’s bat has half the power it did earlier this season we will be solid

Ken Stallings

October 9th, 2010
6:16 pm

Mitch,

The rule is not stupid. It makes perfect sense and cannot be any other way without destroying the sanctity of the playoff roster. Without that rule, a team could declare any player injured, bring up a replacement, and then bring back the original player. It would essentially create a limitless roster.

The rule is analogous to the 15-day DL. Even in the regular season, teams cannot bring players up and down at whim.

double

October 10th, 2010
12:05 pm

I think we should change Santa to Santa Glaus.

DoninTococca/68

October 10th, 2010
7:53 pm

I hate it when the Baseball God decides to dump on one player three or four times each game.
Conrad….I’m just saying!!!!

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September 10th, 2012
11:47 am

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