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Mainspark
05-31-2009, 01:42 AM
From the Washington Post's Nationals blog:


Two weeks ago, the Nationals returned Terrell Young, their Rule 5 draft pick, to the Cincinnati Reds. But once Young reported, he complained of shoulder tendinitis -- with symptoms similar to those that held him out of spring training, while with Washington. Because of that injury, Major League Baseball has voided Young's return, meaning that the reliever is back on Washington's 40-man roster. And back on the 15-day disabled list. On Thursday, orthopedist James Andrews will perform exploratory surgery on Young's right shoulder.

I'll let acting GM Mike Rizzo elaborate...

"The situation is, we sent him back to Cincinnati as part of the Rule 5 return policy. And when we sent him back there, he was throwing successfully and pain-free. When the Reds got him, he discovered he had a little tendinitis in his shoulder. So they contacted us, and we asked them to bring him back to us and have our doctors see him again... We did find a continuation of the tendinitis, and Dr. [James] Andrews recommended we do an exploratory surgery to see what, if anything, is going on."

Asked about whether Young was healthy at the time of his return to Cinci, Rizzo said, "Well, he went on his throwing program, so we ramped him up to game speed. He pitched in one game for us and said he felt great, everything was good, so we deemed him healthy and we sent him back to the Reds."

RedsManRick
05-31-2009, 01:44 AM
This is ridiculous. The Nats would never send us a pitcher with a pre-existing injury.

cincyinco
05-31-2009, 04:49 AM
I'm willing to take the hit in warning points..

Wtf?

TheNext44
05-31-2009, 05:04 AM
Asked about whether Young was healthy at the time of his return to Cinci, Rizzo said, "Well, he went on his throwing program, so we ramped him up to game speed. He pitched in one game for us and said he felt great, everything was good, so we deemed him healthy and we sent him back to the Reds."

So that's why so many National pitchers get hurt. Their idea of monitoring their health is to ask them how they feel, and trust that. Do they even have a team doctor?

MrCinatit
05-31-2009, 05:15 AM
So that's why so many National pitchers get hurt. Their idea of monitoring their health is to ask them how they feel, and trust that. Do they even have a team doctor?

Yes, they do. It is called "the other team's doctor".

remdog
05-31-2009, 12:32 PM
Too bad that the Reds couldn't have sent 'The Magic Man' back to the Nats. :(

Rem

camisadelgolf
05-31-2009, 12:47 PM
I'm willing to take the hit in warning points..

Wtf?
Make that two of us. The Nationals/Reds situation is almost hysterical.

dfs
05-31-2009, 01:08 PM
So....Let's see if I understand this straight.
The Nat's draft the guy, pay the fee to take a looksee and he gets hurt.
They rehab him, decide he's not worth a year long slot on their 40 man roster and return him to the reds.
On coming back to the reds, the dude decides he's still hurt. He goes back to the Nats.
Who decide that yes indeed he is hurt. We will operate on him and stash him on the DL for the rest of the season and he will stay our property.

If the nats docs had any indication that he was hurt, they would have kept him on the DL to begin with. That's odd. Sounds like the dude wants to stay with the pitching poor nationals.

redsmetz
05-31-2009, 08:11 PM
So....Let's see if I understand this straight.
The Nat's draft the guy, pay the fee to take a looksee and he gets hurt.
They rehab him, decide he's not worth a year long slot on their 40 man roster and return him to the reds.
On coming back to the reds, the dude decides he's still hurt. He goes back to the Nats.
Who decide that yes indeed he is hurt. We will operate on him and stash him on the DL for the rest of the season and he will stay our property.

If the nats docs had any indication that he was hurt, they would have kept him on the DL to begin with. That's odd. Sounds like the dude wants to stay with the pitching poor nationals.

But he'll have to spend a full season length on the their roster after he comes off the DL or be returned to us. They changed this rule a few years ago (I think after we had Luke Prokopec from the Dodgers).