Reds, Nats GMs discuss Majewski

Reds, Nats GMs discuss Majewski

CINCINNATI -- Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky finally had a conversation with Nationals GM Jim Bowden, but apparently it yielded little resolution or satisfaction.

Both clubs remained at odds over the medical history of injured pitcher Gary Majewski, who Washington sent to Cincinnati on July 13 in an eight-player trade which sent Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez to the Nationals.

Krivsky said Bowden finally returned his phone call Tuesday night while the Reds played the Cardinals.

"I said some things I wanted him to hear," Krivsky said Wednesday afternoon. "Then he countered and I countered and so forth and so on.

"He feels like he complied and I think we feel there's some gaps."

Among the issues is a cortisone shot Majewski had taken for his sore right shoulder before the All-Star break while with the Nationals. Krivsky said that the injection was not disclosed in the reliever's medical report provided by Washington.

Majewski, who struggled with a 12.54 ERA in his 11 appearances since the trade, did not have a physical performed as a condition of the deal. He also informed the Reds on Monday that he had been pitching with a sore arm all season.

The Reds placed Majewski on the 15-day disabled list amid the revelations. An MRI exam revealed no structural damage in his arm. Team medical director Tim Kremchek diagnosed the pitcher with a "tired shoulder," but did not have a timetable for a return to action.

Krivsky might file a grievance with Major League Baseball against the Nationals, claiming that Bowden knowingly sent Cincinnati damaged goods. However, Krivsky kept his intentions to himself.

"I'm not going to talk about that," Krivsky said. "I don't know what we may or may not do."

According to the Commissioner's office, Cincinnati may have no recourse on the dispute. Spokesman Richard Levin said that clubs often ask for physicals as a condition for trades to be made, and the teams usually sort out their own disagreements before the league gets involved.

"It's essentially buyer beware," Levin said.

Regardless of how the situation plays out, relations between the Reds and Nationals have clearly eroded this week.

On Tuesday afternoon, Krivsky made mention to the media that Bowden hadn't returned a phone call. Bowden, a former Reds GM from 1992-2003, claimed to Washington reporters that he never heard from the Reds and said that he offered full medical disclosure about Majewski.

After his conversation with Krivsky on Tuesday, Bowden still issued a press release that was critical of his counterpart.

"It was disappointing to read Wayne Krivsky's remarks [Tuesday] evening about the trade of Gary Majewski," Bowden said.

Krivsky decided not to fire a return shot towards Bowden about the comments.

"I'll leave that with you guys to do what you want," Krivsky said.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.