In his first outing since he had surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome last July, Matt Harvey’s fastball topped out at 94 mph and sat in the 92-93 range for most of Sunday’s spring training against the Cardinals.
With his velocity modest, Harvey got knocked around by St. Louis in the 1 2/3 innings he lasted. He gave up four hits – including a hard-hit double to Jhonny Peralta and a three-run home run to Jose Martinez, both on fastballs.
Gagne hasn’t joined the Ducks just for fun, either. The team’s news release on the signing makes it clear he is there to audition for major league employment.
“Eric is similar to so many former major league players that utilize the Atlantic League as a showcase to be seen by all 30 big league clubs,” Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff said in a statement. “The Ducks are pleased to offer him this opportunity.”
The interest apparently is mutual, as Gagne’s agent Scott Leventhal told SB Nation “multiple clubs will be watching closely.”
Gagne spent the first eight of his 10 major league seasons with the Dodgers, making the All-Star team three times. He led the majors with 55 saves in 2003 while striking out a staggering 137 batters in 82 1/3 innings.
He has pitched occasionally in his native Canada since the end of his MLB stint in 2008 but got serious about a comeback attempt earlier this spring. He opened some eyes with a 2 1/3-inning appearance against Colombia in which he averaged 93 mph on his fastball.
Now MLB teams will get a chance to Cheap Jerseys Hot see how he fares in a more extended audition.