From the Enquirer:
SARASOTA, Fla. – It’s looking more and more as if Gary Majewski will start the season somewhere other than in Cincinnati.
Majewski has accepted that.
“If it takes going to Triple-A on a rehab (stint), so be it,” he said Saturday.
Majewski is still rehabbing after a shoulder problem put him on the disabled list last season.
He has yet to throw off the mound.
“I’m told it’s a week to 10 days before (he throws) off the mound and does any more than he’s doing now,” Reds manager Jerry Narron said.
Majewski is somewhere between playing catch and long tossing. He threw from 105 feet Saturday.
The build-up once a pitcher is cleared is to throw bullpen sessions every other day for a week or so, face live hitters every other day for a week or so, and then pitch in games.
Majewski won’t be throwing off the mound until March 10 at the earliest. That probably isn’t going to give him enough time to be ready to break camp with the Reds.
Majewski, a 27-year-old right-hander, came to the Reds in the July 13 trade with the Washington Nationals. He struggled from the time the Reds got him (he had a 12.54 ERA in 11 games before ending up on the disabled list from Aug. 7-31).
His injury led to a major controversy. The Reds claim the Nats withheld the fact that Majewski had a cortisone shot days before the trade and was on anti-inflammatories all season. The club plans to file a grievance over the deal, although a settlement could be reached.
Majewski says he’s dealing with the wait well.
“It’s not frustrating,” he said. “They know what it was. It just takes time to build back up.”
It “takes time to build back up”? The Reds knew he had shoulder problems last year and didn’t put him on a program to strengthen it in the off season?
Either he didn’t do the rehab work he should have done in the off-season or else the Reds medical/training staff didn’t do what they should have done to give him a program to strengthen the shoulder….or this injury is worse than the Reds are letting on.