By Dave Sheinin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 9, 2006
CINCINNATI, Aug. 8 -- One day after placing reliever Gary Majewski on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, Cincinnati Reds General Manager Wayne Krivsky continued to explore possible recourse for the fact Majewski apparently was injured at the time of the July 13 trade with the Washington Nationals that brought him to Cincinnati.
"I don't know the answer to that one," Krivsky said when asked if the Reds are considering filing a grievance with the league office, asking for compensation.
Krivsky said he left a message Tuesday morning with Nationals GM Jim Bowden, but had not heard back from him as of early Tuesday evening.
"I did call him," he said. "I just wanted to have a conversation."
During the Nationals' home game Tuesday night against Florida, the team released a statement from Bowden:
"It was disappointing to read Wayne Krivsky's remarks this evening about the trade of Gary Majewski. 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."
Majewski, 26, was placed on the disabled list Monday after complaining of acute shoulder soreness. An MRI exam on his shoulder showed no structural damage, and the Reds are calling his condition "fatigue."
On Monday, Majewski said he was treated for tendinitis with the Nationals, consisting of three treatments of anti-inflammatory medicine, plus a cortisone shot just before the all-star break. He was traded to the Reds just after the break as part of an eight-player deal that brought outfielder Austin Kearns and shortstop Felipe Lopez to the Nationals.
Krivsky said it was the first he had heard of Majewski's injury treatment. Asked if the Reds had done their due diligence in checking out Majewski's soundness before the trade, he said: "We felt we did everything we needed to do to make the right decision. . . . We didn't have any cause for concern, based on the information we had, to go any further" in investigating.
There is precedent for a team being awarded compensation if MLB finds a team hid a player's injury before a trade.
However, Rob Manfred, MLB's executive vice president, said the "general" policy on trades between teams is "caveat emptor" -- buyer beware. Krivsky said he had not spoken with Manfred as of Tuesday evening.
"It's generally the buyer's responsibility to find out" about a player's soundness, Manfred said. "The exception is if the buyer asks the right questions and is not told the truth."
On Tuesday, Krivsky turned a question about whether he would continue to do business with Bowden -- he said yes -- into a statement on credibility:
"Hopefully, people feel we're dealing with them straight-up, and I want people to think they're being dealt with honestly. For me . . . your credibility is paramount. You lose credibility, you're done in this business. You'd better treat people right and treat them the way you want to be treated. To me, that's a pretty big thing right there."
Staff writer Preston Williams contributed to this report.