Reds Place Ex-National Majewski on Disabled List

By Dave Sheinin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 8, 2006

CINCINNATI, Aug. 7 -- On the day the Cincinnati Reds placed relief pitcher Gary Majewski on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder, Majewski revealed he had been treated for shoulder tendinitis while pitching for the Washington Nationals this season. That briefly caused Reds officials to question whether they received damaged goods in the eight-player trade between the teams on July 13 until an MRI exam found no structural damage.

Majewski, who was 1-2 with a 12.54 ERA in 11 appearances for the Reds, said he had been treated with anti-inflammatory drugs three times during the first half of the season, and that he received a cortisone shot before the all-star break. He said he attempted to pitch through the pain until it became too much to bear during a 22-pitch appearance Sunday in Cincinnati, at which point he informed team officials.

"It's been bothering me for a while," he said. "[But] there are certain pains you can pitch through and certain ones you can't. My last week out there, every game it was getting worse and worse."

As for the MRI exam, Timothy Kremchek, the Reds' medical director, who also does medical consulting work for the Nationals, said: "Everything shows he's got fatigue. The good news is that his shoulder looks great."

Before learning the results of Majewski's MRI exam, Reds General Manager Wayne Krivsky indicated the Reds were exploring their options for recourse, in case it could be proven the Nationals had hidden Majewski's injury.

"We're going to look at the MRI, then go through the proper channels and use the proper protocol," he told reporters. Asked whether the Reds had checked out Majewski's health before the trade, Krivsky said the team's medical staff had exchanged information with their Nationals' counterparts.

However, after learning the results of the MRI exam, Krivsky backed down. "I'm not going to talk about anything that was done before the trade, what was said, what wasn't said, what was exchanged, and all that," he said.

Informed of the comments by Majewski and Krivsky, Nationals GM Jim Bowden, in an e-mail, said, "In every trade we make, our medical and training staff are always thorough, complete and give full disclosure on information on any player involved in the transaction as requested by the other club involved in the transaction per major league rules."

Bowden was GM of the Reds from 1992 to 2003. Before the team was sold this year and Krivsky was installed as GM, the previous Reds ownership barred its front office from making deals with Bowden.

Majewski, 26, and left-hander Bill Bray were the primary components of the five-player package the Nationals sent to the Reds in the July 13 deal, which brought outfielder Austin Kearns and shortstop Felipe Lopez -- both of whom Bowden had acquired previously as the Reds' GM -- to the Nationals.

Majewski's 11 games with the Reds had been mostly disastrous; he was charged with at least one earned run in seven of them.

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