The move backfired when Majewski was hit hard and posted a 12.54 ERA over his first 11 appearances. He was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation on Aug. 7.That day began a saga of controversy that has yet to find conclusion. On the day he was placed on the DL, Majewski revealed to the media he had been sore since participating in March's World Baseball Classic. He also disclosed that he received a cortisone injection from the Nationals' medical staff only a few days before the trade. Krivsky claimed that Washington GM Jim Bowden did not disclose the injury or the injection. Krivsky later threatened to file a grievance against the Nationals for not dealing fairly, but that grievance has yet to be filed. He would not comment Sunday on the issue's status. Many Reds fans and those in media circles have roundly criticized Krivsky for dealing away too much offense for what Cincinnati received in return. Another twist came in December, when Nationals head trainer Tim Abraham resigned, citing family reasons. A Nationals spokesman insisted, however, that Abraham's departure had nothing to do with the Majewski issue. After he was activated from the DL Aug. 31, Majewski posted a 1.59 ERA and said the rest returned his shoulder to feeling 100 percent again. He finished the season with an 8.40 ERA in 19 games for the Reds, and a 4.61 ERA in 65 games overall with Washington and Cincinnati. Majewski and the Reds were optimistic this latest setback wouldn't keep him down for long. "They'll re-evaluate the throwing program and see what I need to do," Majewski said. "It's not going to be like a guy coming off of surgery and going real slow. It's probably going to be a little more intense to build it up." "The staff isn't concerned so I'm not," Krivsky said. "If he's a little behind, I'd rather get him 100 percent before he starts throwing. That's the recommendation I've been given so that's what we're going to do." Back to work: All 36 Reds pitchers and catchers were present for Sunday's workout. After a brief team meeting, the players took the field for stretching, throwing and fielding fundamental drills. Narron was asked what his priorities in camp were this spring. "No different than before. We'll make sure they do their work and do it right," Narron said. "I'm not worried about how long we're out there or how short we're out there. Just do the work right." There will be more attention placed on the little things this season, both offensively and defensively. "Offensively, we're going to put a big priority on situational hitting," Narron said. "We'll try our best to cut down on strikeouts and put the ball in play better than we have. Defensively, we want to make sure we make the routine plays every time. It's the basic fundamentals. I guess you can ask the Detroit Tigers how important it is to make routine plays on just something like bunts." Tigers pitchers committed a World Series record five errors last fall en route to losing the title to the Cardinals. Brrrrr! Cincinnatians hunkered down with freezing temperatures can take heart that it's not much better down south, at least by Florida standards. On Sunday it was the fourth straight day of blustery and cold conditions with temperatures in the low-to-mid 50s. Nearly every player wore long sleeves and coaches were bundled up in coats. "About a week from now, we won't even think about it," Narron said. "On Opening Day, we'd probably take this, too." It wasn't expected to be in the 70s again until Tuesday. Coming up: Reds pitchers and catchers will hold a 10 a.m. ET workout. At 2 p.m. ET, Josh Hamilton and the club will be holding a press conference to discuss the outfielder's off-the-field issues over the past four years.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.