"He knows how to close a ballgame down," manager Ron
Washington said before his team played the New York Yankees. "So, even though he may have been in and out, he has knowledge. You
can't teach that. He knows what he's doing. It's not like this is
some young kid we're breaking in."
Gagne went on the disabled list April 23 with a strained right
hip. He had one save in 3 1/3 scoreless innings spanning four
appearances this season. He also began the year on the DL before he
was activated April 13.
"Hopefully, this is the last one, because he was ready after
about five days and we kept him out for 15. He should be
stronger," Washington said.
The 2003 NL Cy Young Award winner with the Los Angeles Dodgers,
Gagne missed nearly all of the past two seasons with elbow and back
injuries. The right-hander agreed to a $6 million, one-year
contract with Texas in the offseason, a deal loaded with potential
Washington watched Gagne throw a pair of simulated games while
he was sidelined.
"I watched him throw his stuff, and it was good," the rookie
manager said. "He actually looked stronger. He actually looked
like a monster on the mound."
Gagne converted a major league-record 84 consecutive save
chances with the Dodgers from 2002-04.