Brewers release Gagne

The Brewers released reliever Eric Gagne on Sunday and announced the right-hander will rehabilitate his right shoulder injury at a private facility in suburban Phoenix.

Gagne was in Milwaukee’s camp as a non-roster invitee hoping to win an Opening Day roster spot, but his bid was derailed last week when he developed soreness in his shoulder. An MRI scan revealed damage to the labrum and rotator cuff, and two doctors recommended that Gagne receive a cortisone shot and try rehab before succumbing to surgery.

One of those doctors, Angels physician Lewis Yocum, will supervise Gagne’s progress at Physiotherapy Associates in Tempe, Ariz., a private facility that is popular during the offseason with scores of Major Leaguers.

“Rather than have him rehab at Grand Central Station over there on the Minor League side,” said assistant general manager Gord Ash, referring to Milwaukee’s complex at Maryvale Baseball Park, “it’s probably better that he’s in that [private] environment. If and when he’s ready to pitch, we’ll look at him again.”

Gagne’s deal would have paid a $1.5 million base salary if he made the Major League roster.

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