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LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers closer Eric Gagne will have season-ending surgery to fix a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

 

Gagne had a second MRI exam Tuesday and doctors concluded he needs Tommy John surgery, the team said. The All-Star reliever has a second-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament and was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list.

 

Gagne, who owns the major league record of 84 consecutive saves, landed on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year major league career on April 1 when he hurt his elbow, possibly while compensating for a knee injury sustained during spring training. It was the same elbow that underwent ligament replacement surgery in 1997.

 

He returned to action May 14 but aggravated the injury while pitching against Minnesota on June 12.

 

Gagne was 1-0 with eight saves and a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings since his return from the disabled list. Dating to last Aug. 28, he has converted 18 consecutive save opportunities.

 

Gagne won the NL Cy Young Award in 2003 with a club-record 55 saves and a 1.20 ERA. He agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract in the offseason after recording 152 saves and averaging 122 strikeouts during his first three seasons as a closer.

 

Source: Associated Press, ESPN

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Well the Dodgers had the best start of the season and they did that without him. So hopefully they can play good without him again.

 

The Dodgers are my second favorite team, so I'm really mad. But they probably weren't going to make the postseason even with Gange. The Padres have just been too much.

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