Today Eric Gagne was reassigned to Minor League camp, making the probability of the former Cy Young Award winner starting the season in Albuquerque better and better.
In a text message to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, Gagne wrote, “I’m on my way back 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!! Long season.”
Now, whether “down there” means Albuquerque remains to be seen but it’s doubtful they would send someone with Gagne’s resume down to Double-A. However, Gagne does have an opt-out clause that releases him from his contract if he’s not on the Major League roster by April 5. If he’s not with the Dodgers on that date, Gagne could either exercise his out and become a free agent or accept his assignment to the Minor Leagues.
Left-hander Scott Elbert was also optioned to Minor League camp today, and there’s a very good chance the young southpaw will start the year in an Isotopes uniform. Last year, Elbert went 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA in eight games (seven starts) for the ‘Topes before getting a September call-up to Los Angeles. Elbert showed some signs of absolute dominance at Triple-A last season, tossing a rain-shortened, six-inning, one-hit shutout against Nashville on June 25.
Other players also reassigned to Minor League camp today include pitcher Scott Dohmann, outfielder Michael Restovich, and infielder John Lindsey, a trio of players almost guaranteed to break Spring Training with Albuquerque.