Ex-Brewers P Luke Barker criticizes team, MLBPA for being released hours after Tommy John’s surgery


The Milwaukee Brewers released pitcher Luke Barker this week, and he’s not happy about it.

However, it’s not the fact that he was released that hit him. That always happens in baseball.

It was that he was assigned for assignment and released just hours after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

“Unfortunately, this means my time as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization has come to an end,” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday evening. “I let others decide whether it is ethical to release a player on surgery day. I let others decide whether the MLBPA allowing injured players to be DFAs makes them an effective union.

“For now, I’m just thankful for my family, for the friends I’ve made over the past six seasons, for Dr. Camp and the team at the Mayo Clinic, and for everyone who’s followed.”

Clarifying his comments on Friday, Barker said the Brewers actually came in and offered him a minor league contract during his rehab after his first tweet. His real anger, he said, is with the players’ association.

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Despite the offer, however, Barker said he will instead remain a minor league free agent and rehab “at my own facility with the support of the Brewers.”

Barker, 30, made his Major League-debut for the Brewers in June. He gave up seven hits and five runs in three games and was sent back to the Brewers Triple-A team later that month — where he sprained his UCL, something that eventually led him to surgery.

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While it sounds like the Brewers came back to try and remedy the situation, it’s easy to see why anyone would be mad to lose their spot just hours after major surgery.

Luke Barker was released by the Brewers just hours after undergoing Tommy John surgery. (Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


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