Ex-star closer, admitted HGH user Gagne retires

LOS ANGELES — Eric Gagne, the former Cy Young Award-winning closer and one of the most prominent names in the Mitchell report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, has decided to retire, according to a report by the French-Canadian website RueFrontenac.com.

The Montreal native last month failed in a comeback bid with the Dodgers as a nonroster invitee.

Gagne, 34, was one of baseball's best closers with Los Angeles in 2002-04, when he had 152 saves in 158 chances and posted a 1.79 ERA. He was 55-for-55 with a 1.20 ERA in 2003, when he won the Cy Young.

Gagne had elbow surgery in 2005 and back surgery in 2006 and never recovered his dominance. This spring, he told the Los Angeles Times that he had used human growth hormone during his peak years.

He finished his 10-year career with a 3.47 ERA and 187 saves.

ASTROS: 1B Lance Berkman is expected to be in the lineup tonight for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee March 13.

D'BACKS: LF Conor Jackson went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

INDIANS: OF Michael Brantley was optioned to Triple-A Columbus as 1B Russell Branyan was activated from the disabled list. Branyan, a former Ray, had been out all season with a herniated disc in his back.

ORIOLES: OF Felix Pie could miss three months with an injury to a muscle in his upper back. He isn't expected to need surgery.

PHILLIES: LHP J.A. Happ will skip his next start after feeling soreness in his pitching elbow during Thursday's outing.

RED SOX: CF Mike Cameron, who passed a kidney stone Friday, was hospitalized to find out the cause of more abdominal distress. Manager Terry Francona said a CT scan ruled out another kidney stone. Also, LF Jacoby Ellsbury has made "minimal" progress in his recovery from bruised left ribs and doesn't appear close to coming back.

Ex-star closer, admitted HGH user Gagne retires 04/20/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 12:03am]

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