Brewers reliever threatens quitting after being left off the opening day roster

Legendary Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker once said that cut down day at spring training closely resembled a battle royale.

Down in the home clubhouse at Miller Park on Saturday, we’re guessing several Brewers would agree with that assessment based on the atmosphere.

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After completing a 4-4 tie against the Chicago White Sox, Brewers players were informed of the team’s last-minute roster decisions. Among them were veteran relievers Tyler Cravy and Rob Scahill, who both received the disappointing news that they wouldn’t be on the opening day roster. That’s despite both pitchers doing well enough this spring that many predicted they’d make it.

Now both pitchers are mad. Like really, really, mad. And Cravy in particular was steaming, even threatening to quit the organization while speaking to the media.

There were some strong words there from Cravy.

Brewers general manager David Stearns says he understands the frustration of both players given the timing and the circumstances, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel seemed to sum up the reality of the situation the best.

Cravy’s emotional rant is difficult to criticize from the standpoint that he’s clearly frustrated and hurting after doing what he believed was a good enough job this spring.

Tyler Cravy has appeared in 34 games for the Brewers over the last two seasons, posting a 4.56 ERA in 71 innings. (AP)
Tyler Cravy has appeared in 34 games for the Brewers over the last two seasons, posting a 4.56 ERA in 71 innings. (AP)

Unfortunately, the timing of all of this was somewhat awkward given that teammate Rene Garcia was transported to a hospital about an hour before after being injured in a home-plate collision.

No update on Garcia’s condition has been given yet, but there was obviously a great deal of concern focused there in the Brewers clubhouse on top of the brewing tension.

It’s also worth noting that Cravy has since issued the following statement on Twitter.

This isn’t to say anyone in the Brewers front office or even Cravy handled it poorly. There was really no way around handling the business side of the game with opening day less than 48 hours away. But the timing of if all could not have been any worse and the mix of emotions involved had to make for an uncomfortable postgame atmosphere.

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