After admitting he had "regrets" about his career, Eric Gagne tells the Los Angeles Times that he used human growth hormone when he was a dominant closer for the Dodgers.
Columnist T.J. Simers quotes Gagne as saying he used HGH to help himself "get better" after suffering a knee injury in spring training of 2005.
"I’m so ashamed. It wasn’t smart," Simers quotes Gagne as saying. "If I knew what I know now. … I didn’t need it. I regret it so much, just now maybe getting over the guilt. It was stupid."
He added: "I will have to live with the mistake that I made for the rest of my life."
Gagne injured his pitching elbow later in 2005, which required two surgeries. He also underwent back surgery in 2006, and he has suffered hip and shoulder injuries the past several seasons. He now is trying to make the Dodgers’ bullpen as a non-roster player.
During the weekend, Gagne expressed his unspecified regrets to AOL Fanhouse. To many, it sounded like a quasi-admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Gagne was named in the Mitchell Report commissioned by Major League Baseball to investigate PED use in the game. In the report, it was alleged that Gagne received HGH in 2004.