Orenduff Designated; Injury Slows Gagné Hopes

Justin Orenduff, who had a sub-par year at Las Vegas in 2008 and who made only one spring training appearance, was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. And and injury has slowed, at the least, the comeback attempt by former Dodgers closer Eric Gagné.

Orenduff, only 24 and a supplemental first round choice in 2004, was 10-5 for Vero Beach and Jacksonville in 2005 before being sidelined by shoulder tendinitis and was was 4-2, 3.40 over 10 starts in 2006 and has never fully recovered.

He finished 8-5, 4.21 in 2007 with Jacksonville, striking out 113 in 109 innings. He worked in 25 games, 23 of them starts. Then in 2008 he regressed to 3-7, 6.55 at Las Vegas last season, working in 21 games, 10 of them starts.

In his one spring training appearance, February 27 against Seattle in an 18-2 blowout. he recorded outs on only two of the six Mariners he faced, walking two and being tagged for a pair of doubles.

He was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster and the Dodgers are hoping he can clear waivers and be re-signed.

Gagné's Troubled Shoulder
Eric Gagné's injured right shoulder will probably kill his chances to make the Milwaukee staff. "I would say impossible," assistant general manager Gord Ash said.

The Brewers re-signed the former Dodgers' closer for $1.5 million but damage to the shoulder, including the labrum and rotator cuff seem to have ended that, although Gagné will seek a second opinion from the Angel's team doctor Lewis Yochum of Tempe, Arizona.

If Gagné chooses rehab instead of an operation, the Brewers are not interested in keeping him and his contract allows him to become a free agent on March 26.

While Gagné, who signed with Milwaukee for $10 million last year, had a bad first half, over the final 28 games his ERA was 3.24 with 18 holds. Opponents could manage only a .189 average against him over that stretch and he finished the season with 11 scoreless appearances.

Dodger Blue Notes --OF Dave Roberts was released by the Giants.

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