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Gagne: Makes it through the season or not?

Postby acsguitar » Tue May 23, 2006 7:05 pm

Does he have a chance to return to form or is he going to be on the DL soon after coming off of it?

What type of surgery did he have?
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Postby benjapage » Tue May 23, 2006 7:42 pm

they took out a nerve in his elbow. he should be fine.

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Postby The Miner Part 2 » Tue May 23, 2006 7:49 pm

benjapage wrote:they took out a nerve in his elbow. he should be fine.

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ho, hum, just a nerve outta the elbow. :-o

the guys had tommy john surgery, got his velocity in the 100's during the steriod era, then saw it drop around 6 or 7 seven miles an hour after the steriod era. i have no faith in him.
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Postby Yoda » Tue May 23, 2006 7:50 pm

I just can't imagine how he will come back and pitch at this level like he used to. He's been out for over a year.
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Postby The Artful Dodger » Tue May 23, 2006 7:55 pm

As a Dodger fan, I hope so. It makes the Dodger bullpen one man tougher if Saito and Baez are setting up and Gagne closing out. That elbow has been quite volatile. I think Gagne can be effective even if his fastball has lost some velocity. He still has that killer changeup that baffles batters. If Grady Little is indeed cautious of not overworking him (i.e. not giving him back-to-back chances often), much like the Dodgers did in 2002-4, Gagne is a more than serviceable closer.
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Postby benjapage » Tue May 23, 2006 8:06 pm

other pitchers have had tommy john and come back stronger. his elbow flared up because that nerve wasn't set right. it hurt him, so they removed it. now, it's numb. where are the worries?

i don't think effectiveness is beyond reasonable expectations.

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Postby noseeum » Tue May 23, 2006 8:25 pm

94 MPH fastball in his first warm up outing.

Devastating change up.

I think he'll be OK. 100 MPH would be nice, but he'll be alright.
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