Sun, Jul 8, 2012
Indians reliever Nick Hagadone had been pitching poorly in recent weeks. But that will no longer be a problem for Hagadone because he isn’t going to be pitching at all.
The Indians have placed Hagadone on the disqualified list after suffering a “self-inflicted” injury to his pitching hand immediately after his appearance in the Indians’ game Friday night.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Hagadone will be examined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham on Monday. Antonetti said the team will make an announcement on Hagadone’s condition following the examination, but the injury could potentially keep Hagadone sidelined for an extended period.
In his appearance Friday night, Hagadone gave up two runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning, a continuation of an extended period of poor pitching by the 26-year-old left-hander. In his last 18 appearances, Hagadone has a 10.20 ERA.
Hagadone apparently punched something following that appearance Friday, severely damaging his pitching hand. Antonetti wouldn’t offer any more details on the incident other than to say the incident happened “immediately after his outing.”
“We’re disappointed in Nick’s reaction,” said Antonetti. “We share in his frustration but wish he’d handled it differently.”Players on the disqualified list do not get paid and do not acquire major-league service time. Antonetti said the Indians are consulting with Major League Baseball and the Players Association regarding how long Hagadone will remain on the disqualified list.
“It’s a unique situation for us in that it’s a self-inflicted injury that occurred outside of the scope of the game,” said Antonetti.
The last game before the All-Star break was a disaster for the Indians’ two All-Stars. Closer Chris Perez blew a save, giving up three runs in the ninth inning of a 7-6 Tribe loss to Tampa Bay, while Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-5 and committed a crucial error in a four-run Tampa Bay sixth inning in which all four runs were unearned thanks to Cabrera’s error.
In the last two games, Cabrera was 0-for-8 with three strikeouts, he hit into a double play and committed an error that allowed four unearned runs to score.
“They are responsible for where we are today,” said Manager Manny Acta of Perez and Cabrera. “You can’t expect every guy to be on his game every single day.”