Eric Gagne says he is not about to give up, but for now the onetime National League Cy Young Award winner also is a former non-roster invitee to the Los Angeles Dodgers' major league spring training camp.
Gagne, who started his way back by pitching in rotation every five days in the Can-Am League (Quebec) last summer, was reassigned to the minor league camp Monday after three Cactus League outings in which he was roughed up for six runs and eight hits in 2.2 innings (20.25 earned run average).
"I'm on my way back (to the majors)," Gagne told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "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. (It is a) long season."
JOHN LINDSEY OUT, JAY GIBBONS IN
Former New Jersey Jackals (Can-Am League) first baseman John Lindsey went to Taiwan with the Dodgers--as he did to China two springs ago--so it was surprising to see his name in the first round of cuts from the major league camp Monday. It hardly seems fair that the non-roster player only got back to Arizona Sunday night, and the 33-year-old is out of camp only hours later. Lindsey's only appearance at the plate in the Cactus League this spring resulted in a walk. He had 26 official at-bat with LA two springs ago.
Longtime major leaguer Jay Gibbons, who has not been listed as an official non-roster player with the Dodgers, has already been in one game (0-for-1) and the former Atlantic League outfielder (Long Island, NY and Newark, NJ) was among those named to travel to meet the Angels Monday afternoon.
Other Independent players sent packing from major league camps so far include pitchers Vince Perkins (Camden, NJ) by the Cubs and Charlie Zink (Yuma, AZ, Western League) by the Cardinals.