Mets Release Former Giant Hernandez To Make Room For Wagner

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Mets have released struggling right-hander Livan Hernandez to clear roster space for former closer Billy Wagner, who has made a quick recovery from elbow surgery.

Hernandez (7-8) allowed six earned runs in a 10-1 loss to San Francisco on Monday, the latest in a string of poor outings for the 34-year-old former World Series MVP. Hernandez had a 5.47 ERA this season, and the Mets were 2-10 in his last 12 starts.

Tim Redding will start in his place Saturday against the Phillies, although manager Jerry Manuel said it's possible the club will look at some young arms when rosters expand Sept. 1.

Wagner hasn't pitched since Aug. 2, 2008, after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. The 38-year-old has 385 career saves.