Last week, the Cincinnati Reds acquired utility player Mark Teahen from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. However, this trade was nixed over the weekend, as the Reds found an issue during Teahen's physical.
After acquiring Teahen, the Reds uncovered a shoulder issue that the veteran apparently hadn't reported to the D'backs. Arizona's general manager Kevin Towers explained the situation, and MLB.com's Mark Sheldon passes on his comments.
“Two days prior to us trading him he dove for a ball, didn’t
say anything, didn’t show up on any of our medical reports and Mike [Bell, the
farm director] wasn’t aware of it,” Towers said. “When he did his physical over
there he said he felt something in his shoulder, didn’t quite feel right — hadn’t
said anything to us. They basically said ‘there’s some concerns because we were
expecting to get a healthy player and if he’s not able to go right now we
probably have less interest in doing it.’"
Towers continued on to repeat that it was something that Teahen didn't report to anyone. The injury appears to have been just as much of a surprise for the D'backs as it was for the Reds.
There's reason for Towers to be defensive, and also for him to be upset at Teahen if he did in fact conceal the injury through the process of the trade. GMs certainly don't want to gain reputations for attempting to trade injured players, but that doesn't seem like what happened here. More likely it's a player trying to tough out an injury that was more severe than initially expected.
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