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08/08/06 11:10 PM ET
Questions swirl around Majewski
Reds uncertain when reliever developed 'tired shoulder'
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Was relief pitcher Gary Majewski damaged goods when he came from the Nationals to the Reds? Currently, it's a question without an answer. Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky and the club were still sorting through that issue and left their options open Tuesday following revelations about Majewski's right shoulder injury that surfaced Monday. The Reds could end up filing a grievance with Major League Baseball, claiming the Nationals knew they sent an injured player when Majewski came over in an eight-player trade on July 13. "I don't know the answer to that one," Krivsky said Tuesday afternoon. "I'm going to lay low and see what happens. It's not really a subject I want to talk about too much. I don't know the protocol. Probably, other general managers don't also. I'm right there in unchartered area." Majewski, 26, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with what was termed by doctors as a "tired shoulder" following an MRI exam. He revealed he had soreness all season and took a cortisone shot with Washington shortly before the deal was made. Krivsky said that Washington's medical staff did not inform the Reds that Majewski had a cortisone injection during trade negotiations. Cincinnati medical director Tim Kremchek, also an advisor for the Nationals, said the Reds were working off the medical information provided by Washington. "All I know is when we did the trade, we did our due diligence," Kremchek said. "We asked the same questions we've been asking teams for years. The guy showed up and said he was fine. We took it at face value." Majewski never found success since the trade. He posted a 12.54 ERA in his 11 games with Cincinnati. The right-hander was charged with at least one run in seven of his Reds appearances. Only three of 11 first batters he faced were retired. It wasn't known how long the pitcher would be sidelined. Krivsky wanted to clear up the questions directly with Nationals general manager Jim Bowden and said he left a phone message on mid-Tuesday morning. It had not been returned as of 5 p.m. ET. "I just wanted to have a conversation," Krivsky said. But according to Bowden, who was the Reds' GM from 1992-2003, he had not heard from the Reds. He also said the Nationals were forthcoming with all medical information. "We supply every documentation that's ever asked on every single player," Bowden told reporters late Tuesday afternoon in Washington. "I think that's just a media report. I don't think there's any truth to it. The Reds certainly have not called us and they certainly would call us if there was an issue. "We all know he's thrown 11 times since the trade, and we all saw him throw 94 before the trade. So I don't know where that comes from. Certainly we've not heard it from the Reds. We would hear from the Reds if there was a problem. They know there's not a problem. They have all the documentation -- doctor's reports, training reports on any player in the transaction. If there's a problem, they would call us. They wouldn't go through the media." Later on Tuesday night, Bowden felt compelled to go a step further and issued a statement through the Nationals media relations office. "It was disappointing to read Wayne Krivsky's remarks this evening about the trade of Gary Majewski," Bowden said. "I never received either a call or a message from Wayne, but when I read his comments this evening, I called him and reminded him that the Cincinnati Reds had received all of the medical information they requested, both before and after the trade. It is also worth remembering that Gary pitched for us right up to the trade and has continued doing so for the Reds up until now. I was pleased to learn this evening from media reports that there is in fact no injury to Gary." Krivsky was asked if he'd do business with Bowden in the future, but he also addressed the issue of integrity in his response. "Yeah, this doesn't preclude any future business," Krivsky said. "I don't like eliminating talent pools. I don't like eliminating teams. Hopefully, people feel like when they deal with us, they're dealing straight up. I want people to feel like they're being dealt with honestly. "For me, Wayne Krivsky talking, your credibility is paramount. Not only with [reporters] but other teams, the fans, the ownership. If you lose your credibility, you're done in this business. You better treat people right and treat them the way you want to be treated."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.