KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Nick Hagadone is back in Columbus, sitting in the Clippers’ bullpen waiting for the call.
No, not the one that tells him to warm up but the one that informs him to return to the Indians.
Since April 2, when Hagadone was optioned to Triple-A, he has made the trip from the minors to the majors nine times, most recently when he reported to Columbus on Wednesday.
When the Indians need a roster spot — even for a nonreliever — Hagadone is likely to be the player who has to vacate his locker.
In his most recent commute, he was sent back to the Clippers last Thursday, recalled on Saturday and optioned to Columbus again two days go.
“I was in Durham 27 hours,” said Hagadone, speaking of the road team the Clippers were visiting. “I didn’t even see the game. I got there the night before, went to the park the next day and played catch, and they told me I had a flight [to Chicago] in two hours.”
Hagadone knows this sort of ordeal will only last until the end of the season, so he makes the best of his time at Triple-A.
“There are always things I can work on,” he said. “I haven’t been perfect all year. Every time I go back there, I try to focus on getting better instead of dwelling on being in Triple-A.”
Hagadone has solved the logistical problem by keeping an apartment in Cleveland and an apartment in Columbus.
“My wife and baby go with me every time,” he said. “She has the packing down to a science. One day we were playing Oakland [in Cleveland] and I got called up not long before the game. My wife had everything ready in 15 minutes. We got there in time for me to pitch.”
Hagadone and his wife, Pesarakphorn, whose parents are from Cambodia, began dating in high school.
“She didn’t know anything about baseball,” Hagadone said. “She probably couldn’t tell you all the positions. Now if we’re watching a game on TV and I ask her a question, she always knows the answer.
“She handles it [the constant moving] pretty well for how stressful it can be. She gets it — that this is part of baseball.”
Considering that he has spent about half his season in Triple-A and half in the majors, how does Hagadone view his status?
“I definitely consider myself a major leaguer,” he said. “But I don’t take any day in the big leagues for granted.”
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