Thoughts from Cordero
Chad Cordero rolled into Dodger Stadium today just after 3 p.m. He was wearing baggy jeans and a white ballcap, brim entirely un-bent (of course). He also had his right arm wrapped in a thick black sling, pliable but heavy duty. Thing looked like it was made of military-grade Kevlar. Anyway, much of what Cordero said I'm planning to use for a feature story that'll run Tuesday (after that Nats off day). But if you're curious about some more detailed Cordero thoughts on this week, here's a transcript of some answers.
"He did call myself and my agent, and it actually makes me feel a little bit better, but still, it makes me a little upset. But the whole fact that he apologized -- I appreciate that whole thing."
Q: What did he say to you?
"He just said, 'I want to call and apologize for not letting you or [agent] Larry [Reynolds] know what we were going to do.' I had a feeling they were going to do what they did, but for me, that wasn't the issue. I know the business-side of it. It's just the whole fact of not being told, not getting a call -- either myself or my agent. Now it's over the air, it's public. Because it's still two weeks after surgery. That's what I really didn't like. Basically being let go over the air.
He just said sorry for doing it like that. He said he still wants me to be part of the ballclub next year, and he said that hopefully we can work something out. And that was it."
Q: Given that, do you want to be part of the ballclub?
"I don't know. I love this team, I love all the guys on this team. And that's never going to change. In that way, I think I've been with Randy St. Claire since '03 when I got called up. He's really helped me a whole lot. I'd love to come back and play for him. I have a lot of friends here on the team, and I really wouldn't like to be taken away from them. But you never know. You never know. I'm really not going to sit and worry about whether or not I'll sign back with the Nationals, because it's still five months away. I really don't know. I'm just going to worry about rehabbing my shoulder."
Q: Does Bowden's apology at least make returning more feasible in your mind?
"Yeah, it does. I'm still upset about how it happened and all that, but I'm not going to let that bother me at all. It's unfortunate that it happened but I'm not going to dwell on it."
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