But instead of going for surgery, Gagne opted to pitch in 2009 with the Quebec Capitales of the Can Am League with the hopes of resurrecting his career.
However, the results so far this season have been very, very ugly.
In 20 innings, Gagne has given up 40 hits and is currently sporting a 9.60 ERA.
You read that right: 9.60 ERA. That's not a typo.
So the Eric Gagne comeback train looks derailed at the moment. But if anything, Gagne has one strong believer: himself.
"I still believe in myself," Gagne said. "I still know I can do it. But now I just focus on today, what I did today right, and what I can do tomorrow to get better. I think I'm going to be in the big leagues as a reliever. I can do it right now. It's just getting back into baseball mode."