Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – While the Indians took Thursday for a workout at Progressive Field before their flight to Toronto to start the second half of 2012, the team released news on relief pitcher Nick Hagadone.
And the news is not good.
The lefty pitcher who suffered a ‘self-inflicted’ injury to his pitching arm after allowing two runs in Friday’s loss to the Rays, will miss anywhere between 8 to 10 weeks after undergoing surgery Tuesday.
The surgery, which took place at the Cleveland Clinic by Dr. Thomas Graham, was to insert a screw and repaired his fractured left radius (forearm area below the wrist).
It’s a tough blow for the Indians, despite the fact the team was ready to send Hagadone back to AAA Columbus after the game Friday night after another poor outing.
“The only thing it does is it narrows our options, basically because we have one less guy,” Indians manager Manny Acta said Thursday. “Our options are limited now.”
Hagadone looked at first like the left-handed answer out of the pen, starting the season throwing the ball well and getting out of tough situations. The bottom through dropped out on him, and since May 26th when his ERA was 1.93, he has allowed 15 runs on 19 hits, walking 9 and striking out 12 in 11.1 innings.
“He (Hagadone) is very remorseful and very sorry about what happened, and he’s been very accountable for it,” GM Chris Antonetti said. of the Hagadone injury on Sunday.
The Indians may have to deal with another issue with Hagadone, as they put him on the minor league disqualified list, meaning that he cannot make Major League salary nor will he get any Major League service time.
The baseball players’ union may file a grievance against the club if it withholds Hagadone’s pay. His next scheduled payday is Sunday. Hagadone’s contract is worth $480,500 in the major leagues and $78,250 in the minors.
Acta said Thursday that he felt that the relief pitcher learned his lesson with the injury.
“A big part of this game is being able to control your emotions,” Acta said. “He was frustrated, and obviously ended up hurting himself.”