Gagne Accepts Assignment
Former Cy Young winner Eric Gagne told MLB.com that he will accept a Minor League assignment and continue his comeback after he was among six players the Dodgers moved out of the Major League clubhouse Monday.
In addition to Gagne, the Dodgers optioned pitcher Scott Elbert and reassigned pitcher Scott Dohmann, outfielder Michael Restovich and infielder John Lindsey. Elbert had been in the running for the fifth starter job, but had been hampered by a sore shoulder early in camp and a 20.25 ERA more recently.
The Dodgers also returned left-handed Rule 5 pick Armando Zerpa to the Boston organization.
In a text message, Gagne said he would accept the Minor League assignment as part of the comeback process.
“I’m on my way back,” he wrote. “I knew it wasn’t gonna be easy. But I’m gonna go down there and work my butt off and be ready if they need help!! Long season.” — Ken Gurnick