Gagne leaves Dodgers' camp for personal reasons

Updated: March 2, 2006, 10:36 AM ET
Associated Press

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Closer Eric Gagne left the Los Angeles Dodgers' spring training camp to go home for personal reasons, manager Grady Little said Thursday.

Eric Gagne
Gagne

"He told us he'll be back by Sunday," Little said before the Dodgers opened their exhibition schedule against the Atlanta Braves. "He'll throw on the side Monday and pitch in a game Wednesday. He feels great."

Gagne was limited to 14 games last year because of injuries, and underwent season-ending surgery June 24 to repair a sprained ligament in his pitching elbow.

The 30-year-old right-hander saved 152 games from 2002-04 including a big-league record 84 straight. He was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA and eight saves last year.


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