Indians’ Hagadone Has Surgery on Self-Inflicted Arm Injury
Nick Hagadone had a rough outing for the Cleveland Indians on Friday and earned himself a trip back to Triple-A Columbus after posting a 16.43 ERA over his past 10 appearances. Unfortunately, he did not take the setback well, and following his removal from the game, Hagadone did something that caused an injury to his left hand which was serious enough to require surgery to repair it. It is unknown if the reliever punched something, or smashed his arm against something in frustration, but the result was fractured left radius which required a screw to repair the damage. The surgery was performed on Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic by Dr. Thomas Graham and will cost Hagadone six to ten weeks of recovery time, more-or-less shutting him down for the rest of the season.
The Indians placed Hagadone on the Disqualified List for his actions even before he had the surgery, making him ineligible to both play and receive any pay while he remains on the list. The MLBPA has made some noise about filing a grievance against the ball club concerning their handling of the situation, but the Cleveland Indians remain steadfast against reversing their decision.
With Hagadone out, the Indians have officially recalled reliever Scott Barnes from Triple-A Columbus, and he will be eligible to pitch for the team when they resume play Friday night in Toronto. Hagadone started the season strong for the Tribe, but had struggled mightily over the past month. The Indians had hoped that a trip to Columbus would help him work out his mechanics, but instead he will be rehabbing his injury and has hopefully learned a valuable lesson about keeping his cool when in a difficult situation.
By Robert Gonzalez