LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) -- Reliever Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers has dropped his appeal of a two-game suspension.
He received the punishment on April 29, 2005, for violating a rule that prohibits players from being in uniform and on the bench or in the bullpen while on the disabled list.
"We have a full staff, 12 guys -- good timing, I think," said Gagne on the Dodgers' Web site. "I tried to protest it, but it wasn't going to work."
The right-hander underwent surgery on his pitching elbow after the suspension last June and had an MRI for precautionary reasons on Tuesday. The long-time closer and former starter said the MRI was not a factor in his decision. No MRI results have been disclosed.
The 6-foot, 243-pounder was signed by the Dodgers as a free agent in 1999. In his career, Gagne has 160 saves.