Gagne shows up at Dodgers' complex
Reliever not lobbying for job but plans to resume throwing soon
PHOENIX -- With the bullpen being the Dodgers' greatest question mark, who should make an appearance at Camelback Ranch on Friday but the team's greatest reliever of all time, Eric Gagne.
Gagne, the 2003 National League Cy Young Award winner and three-time All-Star, said it's not "Game Over" for him just yet.
Released by the Brewers on March 9, he's rehabilitating from a "slight tear" in his right rotator cuff. On the advice of doctors, Gagne passed on shoulder surgery and instead received a targeted cortisone injection that relieved discomfort he's had since 2007. He plans to resume throwing within the next two weeks, and when he's healthy, he will offer to throw for scouts.
"I wouldn't do this if I didn't think I could still pitch," said Gagne, who had a 5.44 ERA in 50 games with the Brewers last year compared to his 1.20 ERA in 2003. "You realize how much you miss it."
The 33-year-old Gagne, who makes his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife and four children, said he came to the Dodgers' new complex out of curiosity, not to lobby for work.
"What a layout," he said. "But it's Spring Training. You know me and Spring Training. Maybe four innings, max."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.