SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that reliever Eric Gagne is ending his attempt to make it back to the major leagues. Gagne will now focus on coaching.
Gagne, 41, signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, but struggled. He gave up five runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Gagne briefly spent time in the independent Canadian-American Association in 2015-16 as well, but totaled only 9 1/3 innings.
During his prime, between 2002-04, Gagne was the best reliever in baseball, earning the Cy Young Award in 2003. He also set the major league record with 84 consecutive save chances converted.
Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will place outfielder Franchy Cordero on the 10-day disabled list and activate outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the DL on Monday.
Cordero, 23, has been slumping, batting .140 with four extra-base hits in 47 plate appearances dating back to May 11. The Padres noticed that the forearm issue has been affecting his swing in recent games. Manager Andy Green said, “It was something where he could swing a certain way to manage it. But swinging that way was not him.”
Renfroe, 26, has been out since mid-April due to inflammation in his right elbow. He hit .200/.281/.440 in 57 PA prior to landing on the disabled list. Renfroe played in 10 rehab games with Triple-A El Paso.