Gerut, who didn't report any recurring knee discomfort during the spring, was optioned to Indianapolis last Friday morning. That night, Littlefield said, Gerut informed team officials he was "having problems" with his knee.
This is depressing - even though Gerut's story reeks of BS, the Pirates' story isn't any more believable. Keeping in mind that this has happened to the Pirates before, either of two scenarios are possible:
GERUT: No, you're not. I'm not playing there.
LITTLEFIELD: Yes you are.
GERUT: Ow! My knee hurts!
LITTLEFIELD: No, it's doesn't.
GERUT: Yes, it does.
LITTLEFIELD: No, it doesn't, because if it does we can't trade you.
Is there any reason to favor one scenario over the other?