Neil Wagner (baseball)
Wagner with the Toronto Blue Jays
|New York Mets|
January 1, 1984 |
|August 30, 2011, for the Oakland Athletics|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||4.92|
Neil Kannas Wagner (born January 1, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently in the New York Mets organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays.
Wagner attended Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He enrolled at North Dakota State University, where he played college baseball for the North Dakota State Bison and studied biology and chemistry. He left before graduating.
The Cleveland Indians selected Wagner in the 21st round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft. On May 14, 2010, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations. He was promoted to the majors for the first time by the Athletics on August 30, 2011.
On May 28, 2012, Wagner was waived by the Athletics and claimed by the San Diego Padres. Wagner spent most of 2012 with the Triple-A Tucson Padres. He was designated for assignment on August 23, and became a free agent on November 3.
Wagner began the 2013 season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. He was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on May 29. Wagner recorded his first career win in a game on June 7 against the Texas Rangers, pitching 1 1⁄3 innings in relief. After posting a 2–3 record with a 3.26 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 20 appearances, Wagner was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on July 21 to make room on the 25-man roster for Melky Cabrera's return from the disabled list. Wagner was recalled when Cabrera went on the disabled list on August 2, 2013.
The Blue Jays optioned Wagner to the Buffalo Bisons on March 14, 2014. He was recalled by the Blue Jays on April 9, 2014, and sent back to Buffalo on April 26. After a consultation with Dr. James Andrews on August 12, 2014, it was determined that Wagner would require Tommy John surgery and was expected to miss the rest of the 2014 season as well as the entire 2015 season. He was designated for assignment on September 1, 2014. The following day, Wagner was released.
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