the comedy that is our organization's medical/training staff....WOW
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(04-23) 04:00 PDT Arlington, Texas -- Brad Halsey figured when he was held out of his start at Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday that he was coming up to start for Rich Harden on Tuesday. He said he was told he was being held in readiness in case Harden couldn't go.
Harden can't go, but instead of Halsey, the A's are going with left-hander Dallas Braden, and Halsey is convinced that he was bypassed because the A's found out that the left-hander is scheduled for an MRI exam later this week.
That makes Halsey furious because he said he complained of arm trouble all spring and was repeatedly told he didn't need an MRI.
"I kept going in and saying, 'My arm is bothering me, it's not right,' and they said, 'Oh, it's just biceps tendinitis, you'll be fine,' '' Halsey said by phone from Sacramento. "Then they send you down and screw you. I'm grinding it out, trying to be a team guy, and I get f -- . It's all just a business decision, because if I came up and pitched Tuesday and then had an MRI and had to go on the DL, they'd have to pay me major-league DL money. It's such a mom-and-pop organization.
"Basically, they pulled the plug on me because our trainer called them to say I was scheduled for an MRI. I'm a team guy, I'm pitching through problems, and they tell me, 'You're the guy, you're going to start (at Baltimore)' - and then I get skipped specifically for that reason (the possible injury). It's (messed up) the way they treat the people they employ. I mean, I'm a person too, not just a piece of the puzzle.''
A's general manager Billy Beane said he was not aware that Halsey was scheduled for an MRI and if Halsey was under the impression that he was set to start at Baltimore, his assumption was erroneous.
"We held Brad back but we hadn't made a decision,'' Beane said. "We wanted to keep our options open until after (Sunday's) game. It sounds like Brad is disappointed but we're using this opportunity to use a young kid we think very highly of and who deserves an opportunity. We're sorry Brad's disappointed, but we're more worried about getting Bob Geren 25 healthy bodies.''
As for Braden, Halsey said, "The kid is good, dude. I'm sure he'll be fine. But the issue is the decision making - they're totally fine with me here shredding my arm, because it won't cost them money.''
Halsey is aware that slamming the team won't improve his situation any, but, he said, "I'm going to get my arm healthy and hopefully I'll start throwing baseballs for someone else.''
RFF says... I think Halsey is whining a bit here, but he's got a point. Why on earth did they not treat him when he clearly needed to be treated - all to save a few bucks?? incredible. makes you wonder if they were cutting costs when they misdiagnosed crosby...
oh and... see ya Balsey Halsey!
also i am interested that the A's don't want to go with Komine or Windsor but Braden is a lefty and has put up decent numbers so far...
1 game, 1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0-0 record, 0.00 ERA
4 games, 4 GS, 22.1 IP, 33 H, 1-2 record, 7.25 ERA (yikes!)
4 games, 4 GS, 22.1 IP, 25 H, 1-2 record, 4.03 ERA
3 games, 3 GS, 17 IP, 15 H, 2-0 record, 2.65 ERA
Braden pitched 6 or 7 innings against the major leaguers when the A's played the Rivercats in Sacto and looked very impressive.
These numbers make you wonder that Halsey pitches better while hurt. Braden's the only of the group who hasn't seen big league action. I guess Beane wasn't too impressed with Halsey, Windsor nor Komine a year ago.
Neither Komine nor Windsor has been very impressive this season.
Update on Brad Halsey:
Halsey update: Little has been heard from lefty Brad Halsey since he slammed the A's for not properly diagnosing an arm problem he had this spring and for not calling him up for a potential start at Baltimore. On Tuesday, noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed surgery to repair a torn labrum in Halsey's left shoulder. Halsey said he can begin throwing again in four months and be ready for spring training.
Halsey said he has filed a grievance against the A's with the players association over the handling of his injury. He said he was told the problem was biceps tendinitis and he was not given an MRI exam when he requested one. Halsey contends the matter wasn't attended to properly until he was no longer on the big-league roster, which cost him both his big-league salary and major-league service time.
Truly a joke....the A's really have to make some
"It's such a mom and pop organization." I have to agree and give Halsey kudos for having the balls to say so.
Trib letter this SAT question Davis, as many A's fans have the past few years.
Points out that Davis, isn't the most healthiest of looking man, as he's our trainer? No wonder the A's are injury prone.
As someone who works in a hospital the biggest fattest blob of a humun at my hospital is the one doc that if i was dying of cardiac arrest i would want in the ER/OR trying to bring me back....larry is paid to fix the team not be a player so who cares if he is tad over weight...i woukld question his skills....not is looks.....B69