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Braves seek to drop injured closer Wagner

ATLANTA, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Braves indicated Sunday they are seeking to drop injured closer Billy Wagner from their post-season roster.

Wagner strained his oblique muscle in Friday's 5-4 Braves win over San Francisco in Game 2 of their best-of-five National League Division Series.

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The Braves have asked permission from Major League Baseball to replace him with Takashi Saito, who had been out with a sore shoulder, for the remainder of the series.

Because Wagner has indicated he will retire at the end of the season, the durable closer has likely pitched his last major league game. He was fifth in the NL with 37 saves this season.

"We threw him a little bit in the tunnel and he can't go at all," Braves Manager Bobby Cox said Sunday. "Saito says he feels great, and we're going to go with it."

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