Brewers Remove Gagne From Closer Role

Sunday, May 11, 2008

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, Gagne asked Brewers management to remove him from the closer spot. "He probably needs a little bit of a mental break," Yost said. "He's really pushing himself really hard and taking it really, really hard. We'll probably just mix and match." Gagne did call it a mental issue and it is unclear what his new role will be with team. The closing spot will most likely be by committee, with Salomon Torres and Guillermo Mota taking the majority of the opportunities.

One possibility is that the Brewers will put him on the disabled list and call up Jeff Weaver. This would give Gagne about week to five days to clear his head, and then the Brewers could send him to the minors for a couple 'rehab' assignments to find his confidence. This may sound fishy, but teams have done this before.

So far this season, Gagne is 1-2 with a 6.89 ERA and 9 saves.