Dodgers Lose Gagne With Elbow Sprain

<b>LOS ANGELES, California</b>--Eric Gagne, slowed most of the exhibition season by a sprained knee while playing pepper during the Dodgers' first full-squad workout, was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career before the Dodger-Angel game because of a sprained right elbow. The soreness was in the same elbow he had repaired with Tommy John surgery in 1995.

General manager Paul DePodesta made the announcement at the start of Friday night's Freeway Series game with the Angels.

DePodesta said Gagne "started feeling different" during his one-inning appearance against the New York Mets on Thursday in Florida, although he pitched a scoreless inning.

He demonstrated decreasing discomfort in his knee, but was averaged only about 90 mph on the speed gun. When healthy, he can consistently reach 97 mph.

Gagne had an MRI and CT scan taken Thursday and was diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament, the same one he had replaced in a Tommy John reconstruction operation in 1997.

Gagne sprained the knee Feb. 24, when he said his cleats stuck while playing pepper. He didn't make his first game appearance until March 21, 19 days after the spring training opener, and noticeably limped in discomfort while landing on his injured leg, but continued to pitch every other day.

Executives gone--Dodgers executives Lon Rosen and Gary Miereanu are no longer employed by the team following a front-office shakeup April 1.

Club consultants wouldn't say whether the two were fired or resigned.

In other moves, Public relations director John Olguin was named vice president of public relations, and assistant public relations director Josh Rawitch will take over Olguin's job.

Rosen was once an agent for former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson. He was hired by the Dodgers as executive vice president and chief marketing officer last May -- shortly after Miereanu was hired to succeed Derrick Hall as the team's vice president of communications.