Gary Majewski

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Pitcher Gary Majewski was a major league pitcher from 2004 to 2010.

A Houston, TX boy, he was born there and went to St. Pius X High School there. He was drafted out of high school by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the 1998 amateur draft when he was 18. He was signed by scout Paul Provas and made his pro debut the next summer.

He made his pro debut with the Bristol White Sox, where he went 7-1 with a 3.05 ERA. He was up for a couple games with the Burlington Bees of the Single A Midwest League that season, and the following year, 2000, he went 6-7 with a 3.07 ERA there. He came up for 6 games with the Winston-Salem Warthogs, where he pitched 9 games the following year. Between the two stints he had a record of 6-6. He also pitched for the Vero Beach Dodgers in 2001, going 4-5 in 23 games.

In the middle of March, 2001, he had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deal for Antonio Osuna, but the Sox reacquired him in midseason as part of a deal that sent James Baldwin to L.A.

He was converted to a reliever in 2002 with the Birmingham Barons. At the end of that year, he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the minor league draft, but he was returned to the Sox before the next season. That year, he was promoted to the AAA Charlotte Knights. Majewski was the Knights closer in 2004 before being traded in midseason to the Montreal Expos. About a month after the trade, he was called up by the Expos, appeared in 16 games, and earned his first big league save.

In 2005, the Expos became the Washington Nationals, and Majewski became one of their most solid bullpen contributors, making a team-high 79 appearances.

After beginning 2006 in the Nationals' pen, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in July. He was a workhouse in 2006, too, with over 50 appearances through the end of July.

Shortly after the trade between the Nationals and the Reds, Majewski became the subject of controversy as it was revealed, after the trade, that he had received cortisone shots to relieve soreness in his pitching arm. The Reds filed an official grievance with the Commissioner's office involving this incident, claiming they had been sent damaged goods, although the trade was allowed to stand.

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