Jays’ Wagner to undergo Tommy John surgery

Buffalo Bisons' pitcher and frequent Jays call-up Neil Wagner will have Tommy John surgery and is expected to be out for the remainder of this season and the next.

TORONTO – Neil Wagner is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery next week costing the Toronto Blue Jays the services of the right-handed reliever for the rest this season and likely all of 2015, as well.

An attempt to try and rehab the injury failed when Wagner threw just three pitches for the rookie ball GCL Blue Jays last Thursday before leaving with elbow pain.

They were his first competitive pitches since two-thirds of an inning June 1 with triple-A Buffalo, after which he landed on the DL with a forearm issue, sometimes indicative of elbow troubles.

The hard-throwing 30-year-old appeared in 36 games for the Blue Jays last year, and 10 more this year.

Wagner’s injury removes from consideration one potential depth add to the Blue Jays bullpen when rosters expand in September.