Wagner does periodic interviews on Appleton area radio shows to promote his work on OnMilwaukee.com, where he covers the Brewers. He did an interview today where he talked about Eric Gagne and other things. His insights have been hit and miss some times, in my opinion, but he does have locker room access.
On Gagne, he said that Riske might come off the DL first (though not yet), even though Gagne's trip to the DL was for precautionary reasons. Gagne apparently played catch this week and experiences some discomfort again and the workout was terminated. Wagner said he doesn't expect Gagne to be activated any time soon. He also said that Gagne's "one weird guy to figure out", and "I've given up trying to figure out Eric Gagne." The tone in his voice when he made those comments reflected a mix of amusement and frustration, but he went no further in explaining what he meant. He did say that everyone associated with the team seemed to expect, though wouldn't admit, that Torres would remain the closer when (if?) Gagne returns to the active roster.
When prompted, he said that no one in the clubhouse seemed to really be paying much attention to Bill Hall's trade request, and he personally gave Hall a pass for letting his agent speak out because of the number of times Hall's been moved around. He said he sensed no disharmony in the dugout and overtly compared Ryan Braun's comments after the sweep in Boston to Zambrano's dugout fight last year, suggesting it might be the trigger point for a long period of success this year. He was optimistic that Parra's recent performances would continue for much of the rest of the season.
Thought I'd pass it along...