Brewers bring Gagne (rotator cuff) off DL but stay mum on role
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Milwaukee Brewers activated right-hander Eric Gagne from the 15-day disabled list after Sunday's game at Minnesota, but manager Ned Yost wasn't ready to formally assign the former closer a role upon his return.
"Reliever," was all Yost said.
With Salomon Torres 12-for-12 in save opportunities since taking over the ninth inning duty, though, Gagne is likely headed for a setup spot after missing more than a month because of rotator cuff tendinitis.
After signing a one-year contract with the Brewers for $10 million, Gagne lost the closer's job briefly in mid-May before the injury arose. For the season, the 2003 NL Cy Young winner is 1-2 with an unsightly 6.98 ERA and 16 walks in 19 1/3 innings.
He has 10 saves, and five blown save chances.
"It'll be good to get back on the mound," Gagne said. "Ready to rock and roll."
Right-hander Mark DiFelice was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the roster. DiFelice posted a 3.95 ERA in 10 appearances, striking out 16 without a walk over 13 2/3 innings.
"We like the fact that he can go down and start and get some innings," Yost said. "We liked what he's done here. He needs to work on his ability to get left-handers out."
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