Bowden disputes wrongdoing in trade

Bowden disputes wrongdoing in trade

WASHINGTON -- Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said on Tuesday afternoon that there was no wrongdoing when he traded reliever Gary Majewski to the Reds on July 13 as part of an eight-player trade that sent outfielder Austin Kearns and shortstop Felipe Lopez to Washington.

After pitching in 11 games for Cincinnati, Majewski went on the disabled list on Monday because of a tired arm. The Reds are investigating whether or not Majewski was damaged goods before the trade and could file a grievance to the league office.

However, Bowden said he has yet to hear from the Reds about Majewski's injury.

"A month later, after 11 relief appearances? I don't think (the Reds) feel that way," Bowden said. "If they did, I know one thing: Wayne Krivsky would call me directly. The media wouldn't ask me that, and our organization is always forthright, honest in any transaction we make. We supply every documentation that's ever asked on every single player. 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."

However Krivsky told the Cincinnati press he wanted to clear up issues directly with Bowden and said he left a phone message Mid-Tuesday morning. It had not been returned as of 5 p.m. ET.

"I just wanted to have a conversation," Krivsky said.

Late Tuesday night, the Nationals issued 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."

In early May, Majewski had rotator cuff tendinitis. Majewski said he has had the problem off and on up to that point. At the time, Majewski told the Washington media that he rushed too quickly to get back on the mound after returning from the World Baseball Classic.

"I came back from the [Classic] and fired it up pretty quick," Majewski said at the time. "The first week of the season, I got into games quite a bit and I tried to go too hard, too quick."

But Majewski never went on the disabled list. In fact, for most of the first half, Majewski's fastball was clocked in the low to mid '90s, and when he cost the team a game, Majewski never said that his shoulder was bothering him.

"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," Bowden said. "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.

Krivsky admitted 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 (Majewski) showed up and said he was fine. We took it at face value."

Before the trade, Majewski was 3-2 with 3.58, and one reason for trading him was that manager Frank Robinson was disappointed in Majewski's performance because, the skipper felt, his head was not into the game. Robinson relieved bullpen coach John Wetteland of his duties in June, in part, because he felt Wetteland was a negative influence on Majewski. Robinson felt Wetteland changed Majewski's personality into more of a prankster in the clubhouse and bullpen, a charge Majewski denied.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for Jeff Seidel and Mark Sheldon, a reporter for, contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.