Hagadone underwent surgery on Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic after he suffered a self-inflicted injury to his left hand last Friday following a shaky outing. Dr. Thomas Graham inserted a screw and repaired Hagadone's fractured left radius, which is the forearm area above the wrist.
"I think he learned his lesson," Indians manager Manny Acta said Thursday. "A big part of this game is being able to control your emotions. He was frustrated and obviously ended up hurting himself."
Hagadone, 26, was optioned to Triple-A after his outing on Friday and Cleveland recalled lefty Scott Barnes to fill the open spot in the bullpen. Hagadone had posted a 16.43 ERA over his last 10 appearances for the Indians after compiling a 2.04 ERA in his first 17 outings of the season.
"The only thing it does is narrow our options," Acta said. "We have one less guy. We can go with Tony [Sipp] and [Scott] Barnes. And then where are we going to go from there? [Now] we won't have Nick go to Triple-A and have him work out his issues and then come back and take another shot. That's the issue with it is that our options are limited now."
On Sunday, the Tribe placed Hagadone on the disqualified list, making him ineligible for pay. Executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association Michael Weiner told members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America that the MLBPA is considering filing a grievance over the Indians' handling of Hagadone's situation. Weiner said Hagadone's injury could be deemed "work-related."
"Clubs want players to compete, to compete very hard, and sometimes those emotions come out," Weiner said Tuesday in Kansas City. "No player is proud of the fact that he injured himself in that kind of situation. But Nick is not the first player this year, and certainly not the first player in baseball history, who unfortunately suffered that kind of injury."