The sudden demotion of Nick Hagadone has taken another interesting turn. Hagadone was sent down on Saturday following a rough outing in relief of Justin Masterson on Friday. Hagadone gave up two runs of his own off two hits and two walks, in addition to the two runs from Masterson that he let score.
At first it would have appeared that Hagadone's demotion on Saturday was a direct result of his recent struggles. Manny Acta even came out and said on Saturday that he was simply suffering from a lack of confidence and command and that he needed to go down and find success to gain it both back.
Then came reports that Hagadone suffered an injury to his wrist following the game and today the Indians have "disqualified" him by placing him on the minor league disqualification list. What this means is that Hagadone will not be paid for the duration of his time on the list. The Indians cited a "self-inflicted injury" and MLB.com's associate reporter Justin Albers reports that Hagadone punched something following the Friday meltdown.
Save your Amare Stoudamire jokes... This is ugly...
Not only is he coming off a really rough stretch in which he gave up 12 earned runs in just over seven innings in the month of June, he's injured, not getting paid, and perhaps a little out of favor with the club. This follows up a stretch following his promotion from Columbus in which he seemed to have establish himself as the Indians number one lefty out of the bullpen with Rafael Perez still out and Tony Sipp struggling. Things have been gone downhill quickly for Hagadone and if anything, there's now a big question mark as to Hagadone's standing in the organization.
The Indians will continue to search for a reliable left-hander and bullpen arm in the time they wait for Rafael Perez to return and Tony Sipp to turn it around. Scott Barnes was recalled on Sunday after a few scoreless efforts in Columbus following his demotion at the end of June and is expected to be sticking around for the time being.
But the situation with Nick Hagadone is far from over, and it will be interesting to see how it unfolds. He was acquired as the second big piece to the Victor Martinez trade (the first being Justin Masterson) with the intent that he'd be another starting pitcher. However when that didn't work out he was looked at as a late-inning impact relief pitcher from the left side. Something that could be a valuable commodity for any bullpen. If anything, the Indians need to stick with him and hope this is just a blip on the radar and he can eventually turn his situation around.
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