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What exactly does Balfour think happened here?
Thank God! Now I can keep kinda half-assed rooting for the O's as my AL team. I'm sure Balfour will throw a fastball at the O's MRI technician's face and cuss him out in retaliation because that's how he rolls, the jackass.
Balfour yells and swears a lot on the mound of course but it's not aimed at the opposing team.
What would the Orioles possibly have to gain by making this deal -- a deal that was generally praised -- and then reneging on it three days later?
Rays team physician Koco Eaton, who has a lengthy history with Balfour, doesn’t know why.
Eaton examined Balfour in Tampa on Friday and also performed a contrast MRI on the pitcher’s right shoulder — the area that troubled the Orioles, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Asked if he was surprised that the Orioles declined to complete their deal with Balfour, Eaton said “Yes,” adding that approving the contract was “kind of a no-brainer.”
The Orioles, under owner Peter Angelos, have been sticklers for “clean” medical reports, previously quashing deals with pitchers Xavier Hernandez and Aaron Sele and outfielder Jeromy Burnitz due to medical or contract-related medical concerns.
But Eaton told FOX Sports that he saw no red flags with Balfour’s arm, and Reds team physician Timothy Kremcheck — who performed elbow and shoulder surgeries on Balfour in 2005 — concurred.
“The MRI that I did on him today looked exactly the same as the MRI I did three years ago,” said Eaton, who cared for Balfour with the Rays from 2007 to ’10 and performed his physical when the pitcher signed a two-year, $8.1 million free-agent contract with the Athletics in Jan. 2011.
“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.”
According to a source, the Orioles did not compare Balfour's present MRI to the one he had three years ago, as is customary.
Interesting to see Dr. Koko Eaton chime in on Balfour. Pissed off Buck royally with on-field diagnosis of Machado knee, saying torn ACL.
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