Wagner signed a minor league contract with the Rays on Friday. Wagner is still working on his return from Tommy John surgery, so he'll return to the minors to complete his rehab process. The right-hander was a solid member of the Blue Jays bullpen in 2013 prior to getting hurt, so he could climb back to the big leagues after a bit more seasoning with Triple-A Durham.
Wagner, who is working back from August 2014 Tommy John surgery, was sent up to Triple-A Durham as the next step in his rehab process, Josh Vitale of Suncoast Sports reports. The 32-year-old reliever allowed a hit and a run while striking out four over 5.2 innings in four appearances for High-A Charlotte. The veteran has consistently hitting 95 mph on the radar gun, and will now take the next step against a level of hitter approximating major league quality. Wagner last pitched in the majors for the Blue Jays in 2014, posting an 8.10 ERA across 10 innings of work without recording any decisions.
Wagner was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday. The 32-year-old right-hander missed the entirety of the 2015 season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, but his performance prior to undergoing the procedure had begun to decline. He is set to join the Rays' minor league camp but he has yet to pitch this spring.
Right-hander Neil Wagner has signed a two-year minor league deal with the Rays, a source has told Sportsnet. Wagner has not pitched in a major league game since an early-season stint with Toronto, which followed Tommy John surgery. He gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings to Cleveland on May 14, leading to his release.
The Blue Jays designated pitcher Neil Wagner for assignment Monday, Sportsnet reports. Wagner underwent Tommy John surgery in August. The move frees up a 40-man roster spot for the team.