What exactly are another two weeks of caution going to provide for Eric Gagne that all the rest and rehabilitation from his myriad of injuries haven’t already provided?
The Texas Rangers have announced that Gagne, after having pitched in a total of three games this spring, will open the 2007 season on the disabled list to: "play it safe and make sure he’s 100 percent healthy for the season," according to GM Jon Daniels. Is there a cover story being proferred to protect the Rangers from anothe Gagne injury? I don’t want to sound dubious of the statements of the Rangers and their management team, but it’s extremely strange that they’ve: A) held Gagne out of game competition to a point where it would even be necessary for him to start the season on the disabled list; and B) are portraying this as some kind of precautionary measure.
What is going to be different between now and 2-3 weeks from now? Why was he not healthy enough to go through a regular (albeit cautious) spring training routine so that he was prepared to start the season? With another player who has been durable and reliable that he’s going to stay healthy, such a decision wouldn’t induce such raised eyebrows; but with Gagne, is it the beginning of another season of misery?
I’ve been openly wondering why another team; a better team with a greater chance of winning and holes in their bullpen such as the Red Sox, Indians or Phillies didn’t take a chance on Gagne. I’ve also been questioning whether those teams knew or suspected something that either the Rangers didn’t know or didn’t care to know. All of those questions are being intensified with the odd decisions not to get Gagne into enough games to be prepared to go when the season starts; and now to put him on the disabled list to start the season. The Rangers promise to have a long season as it is; if Gagne’s hurt, their bad season is going to be even worse than I thought.
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