- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Last month’s trade between the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds has turned into a controversy on whether the Nationals sent the Reds damaged goods in reliever Gary Majewski.

Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky sought an explanation yesterday for why Cincinnati was unaware that the right-handed reliever had a sore shoulder when the team acquired him in a trade with Washington.

Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, meanwhile, said he was surprised by the controversy.

“I don’t think they feel that way. If they did, I know one thing: Wayne Krivsky would call me directly,” Bowden said before last night’s game against the Marlins.

“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, and the Reds have certainly not called us and they certainly would call us if there was an issue.”

Krivsky said the Reds didn’t know the right-hander had a cortisone injection in his shoulder before the All-Star break. Majewski was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday after telling the team his shoulder has bothered him since spring training.

A medical test found no serious injury. There’s no telling how long he will be sidelined with what was diagnosed as a tired shoulder.

“I’m still trying to figure out what’s what here,” Krivsky said. “I’m glad we have Gary Majewski, and I’m glad he’s not hurt seriously. I’m disappointed he’s not active for us right now.”

Krivsky said he left a telephone message yesterday morning for Bowden. Majewski and reliever Bill Bray were the keys in an eight-player deal on July 13 that sent outfielder Austin Kearns and shortstop Felipe Lopez to Washington.

“I did call him, and I have not heard back,” Krivsky said before a game against St. Louis. “I just wanted to have a conversation.”

When Bowden learned of Krivsky’s comments, he issued a statement, saying he was “disappointed” by Krivsky’s statement and denying the Reds general manager tried to contact him.

“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,” Bowden said. “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.”

Vidro update

Injured second baseman Jose Vidro said he would like to be activated sometime this weekend.

“I’m very happy that everything is OK,” said Vidro, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 25 (retroactive to July 18) with a strained left hamstring. “So, the plan? I can’t answer that because I still have to talk to the trainer to see what’s the best thing to do. I’m hoping to be activated by the weekend.

“If they ask me to go down, I’ll probably go down for one or two games and then I’ll be back up. It all depends on how I feel.”

Vidro, who has missed 18 games with the injury, said his leg felt pretty good yesterday after taking some grounders before batting practice and running on it.

Livan fallout

Monday’s trade of Livan Hernandez may leave manager Frank Robinson scrambling for starting pitchers.

Robinson said recently recalled left-hander Billy Traber will pitch Friday in Hernandez’s spot in the rotation, and the team will most likely have to bring up a minor leaguer to start on Saturday against the division-leading New York Mets.

“No, [Traber’s] not going to take his spot, he’s going to pitch in that spot,” he said. “We have 24 hours to fill [Saturday’s] spot. We’ll get somebody here.”

Right-hander Jason Bergmann, who is on the Nationals 40-man roster, is a candidate to be called up from Class AAA New Orleans to start Saturday’s game.

The Nationals purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Chris Schroder from Class AAA New Orleans yesterday to take Hernandez’s place on the team’s 25-man roster.

Hill’s diagnosis

Orthopedic surgeon James Andrews found nothing wrong with rookie Shawn Hill’s sore right elbow after examining him in his Birmingham, Ala., office yesterday.

Hill, who is listed as day-to-day, was then sent to Class AA Harrisburg to continue his rehab assignment. Hill (1-3 with a 4.66 ERA in six starts) has been on the 15-day DL since July 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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