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Gagne Lost for Season After Back Surgery

The Dodgers were counting on the return of Eric Gagne, the best closer in the long history of the Dodgers and the all-time club lead in saves with 160 (career) and single season (55), to kick-start the club after the All-Star break. But as has been the case over the past two seasons, they will have to rely on Plan B.

Gagne isn't coming back this year, and he might never be back in a Dodger uniform again after learning he has to undergo season-ending back surgery to repair a herniated disk. Gagne, 30, is scheduled to be operated on today at St. Vincent's Medical Center by Dr. Robert Watkins. The 90- minute procedure was deemed necessary after epidural and nerve block injections failed to stop the pain...

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