Billy Wagner has little faith he'll be closing games in the postseason for Philadelphia. The outspoken closer just doesn't believe the Phillies are a playoff team.
Wagner refused to back off his comments published in yesterday's editions of the Philadelphia Inquirer, telling the paper that the Phillies had "no chance" to make the postseason.
"We ain't got a chance to get there right now," he told the paper. "If anybody's fool enough to think we're a playoff team the way we're playing right now, they're crazy. We haven't played well. It doesn't have anything to do with us not working hard or playing hard. We're not getting it done. No, we're not a playoff team right now."
Wagner, who has 19 saves and a 2.21 ERA, said he was just speaking the truth. Philadelphia's loss to Atlanta last night was its 12th defeat in 16 games.
General Manager Ed Wade had no problem with Wagner's comments. "I want guys to care, absolutely," Wade said.
* GARCIAPARRA MENDING: Cubs SS Nomar Garciaparra said he is recovering faster than he expected from surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left groin and hopes to return for the final two months of the regular season.
"Physically, I feel pretty good," said Garciaparra, who is on the 60-day disabled list. Garciaparra is taking ground balls and batting practice and doing some light running.
* LOUSY LEITER: The Marlins are leaning toward skipping struggling LHP Al Leiter's next turn in the rotation in favor of rookie Scott Olsen.
Florida Manager Jack McKeon said yesterday that he was considering giving Olsen his second career start Monday against the Brewers. Leiter, who signed a one-year, $8 million contract in the offseason, is 3-6 in 15 starts with a 6.45 ERA.
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