Friday, April 13, 2007

Eric Gagne Begins Long Road Back

From "Rangers activate Gagne, put starter Wright on DL" (AP/

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers activated closer Eric Gagne from the disabled list Friday and placed right-handed starter Jamey Wright on the DL with shoulder inflammation.

Gagne, a right-hander signed in the offseason, made three appearances including two starts for the Rangers' Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. He was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and retired all three batters he faced in his last outing Tuesday.

Manager Ron Washington said this week he intends for Gagne to pitch an inning in his first game, and the move eventually puts interim Rangers closer Akinori Otsuka back into a setup role. Texas opens a three-game series at Seattle on Friday night.

UPDATE: Gagne got his first save tonight. Gave up a single to Ben Broussard, struck out Ichiro and got Adrian Beltre to hit into a double play.