Majewski Tries To Shake Off Tribulations

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 25, 2007

CINCINNATI, May 24 -- As if to add drama to a series between two teams with loads of connections, the Cincinnati Reds called up reliever Gary Majewski on Thursday afternoon, just in time for the finale of a series against the team that traded him here, the Washington Nationals. He entered the game with one out in the ninth, and after hitting Tony Batista with his third pitch of the season, he retired Felipe Lopez and Cristian Guzman to end the inning.

Though Majewski has been through an inordinate amount of struggles since his departure from Washington last July -- his half-sister was killed last month in an all-terrain vehicle accident -- he said he paid no attention to the controversy surrounding his role in the eight-player deal. The Reds filed a grievance with Major League Baseball earlier this month, claiming the Nationals didn't reveal all they knew about Majewski's balky shoulder at the time of the trade.

"I don't read the paper," Majewski said. "Don't look at the Internet -- if it's not about hunting or fishing."

Majewski went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 15 appearances for Class AAA Louisville as he strengthened his right shoulder. He gave up six earned runs in a 2/3 -inning performance April 20, but in his other 14 games, his ERA was just 1.17. He said he had to quickly re-focus on "my job."

"People die every day, and it sucks it's a family member," Majewski said. "But you grieve a couple days, and then you just got to get back to what you're doing."

Starters on the Mend

At least two of the Nationals' four starting pitchers on the disabled list could take significant steps in their recovery this weekend. Shawn Hill (left shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Saturday, with John Patterson (right elbow and biceps soreness) scheduled to follow Sunday. Jason Bergmann had a cortisone shot in his right elbow, in which he has swelling, and he will resume throwing on Sunday.

General Manager Jim Bowden said the team is being cautious in determining any timetables. The next step after a bullpen session would be a simulated game five days later, then two or three minor league rehabilitation starts.

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