Rangers activate closer Gagne

BRONX, NEW YORK (TICKER) —The Texas Rangers activated three-time All-Star closer Eric Gagne before Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees.

Gagne had been on the DL since April 23 with a strained right hip.

Texas signed Gagne in the offseason to a one-year contract worth up to $6 million. He did not allow a run in four appearances and recorded one save before going on the DL.

Akinori Otsuka took over the closer’s role in Gagne’s absence and recorded four saves.

The National League Cy Young Award winner in 2003, Gagne has been ravaged by a litany of injuries over his career to his shoulder, elbow and back, pitching in only 16 games over the last two seasons.

The major league record holder with 84 consecutive converted saves from August 28, 2002-July 3, 2004, Gagne has recorded 161 lifetime saves - including a career-high 55 in 2003, when he posted a 1.20 ERA in 77 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Updated Tuesday, May 8, 2007