|Former MLB pitcher Eric Gagne has signed a contract with the Quebec Capitales.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)
QUEBEC CITY – The Quebec Capitales baseball club got a surprise from the major leagues Tuesday in the form of a contract with Eric Gagne, the former star relief pitcher of LA Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers fame.
The Capitales, who play in the Can-Am League, announced they had signed Gagne who should be at the city’s Stade Municipal getting back into the role of starter in about a week’s time. Gagne will stay off the regular roster early on as he gets his arm back into the swing of things.
“When he’s able to pitch we’ll have a decision to make regarding our veterans. He wants to come to Quebec instead of starting at the bottom in the farm clubs,” said club director Michel Laplante.
Since Gagne won’t make it to the official lineup for the time being, the Caps won’t have to drop one their four veteran pitchers as decreed by league rules.
“It’s too early to gauge the impact of his arrival on turnout at the stadium, but let’s just say it’s a big score for the team (and) for the league as well,” said team owner Miles Wolff.