Balfour may file grievance against Orioles

Balfour may file grievance against Orioles
December 21, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Grant Balfour had a 2.59 ERA, converting 38 saves in 65 games pitched for the A's in 2013. (USATSI)

Grant Balfour may file a grievance against the Baltimore Orioles after the team backed out of a two-year $15 million deal citing medical reasons, according to Fox Sports.

Tampa Bay Rays physician Koco Eaton, who has a history with Balfour said he was surprised the Orioles backed out, adding that signing Balfour should have been "kind of a no brainer."

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Balfour, 35, has undergone elbow and shoulder surgeries that kept him out for the 2005-2006 seasons. But Eaton said that he saw nothing disconcerting with Balfour's arm and Timothy Kremcheck who performed his 2005 surgeries agreed.

“The MRI that I did on him today looked exactly the same as the MRI I did three years ago,” said Eaton. “It did not look normal compared to a person who does not play baseball for a living. But for someone who plays baseball for a living, it looked normal.

"There are abnormalities on the MRI as there are on every single baseball player’s. But three years ago, there was no issue, and he had pretty good performance when he was with Oakland.”

Balfour is reportedly in discussions with the MLBPA over whether or not to file a grievance.

Balfour had a 2.59 ERA, converting 38 saves in 65 games pitched for the A's in 2013.

 

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