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Sky Sox manager believes pitcher Tyler Cravy will move past frustrating Milwaukee Brewers demotion

April 4, 2017 Updated: April 4, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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photo - Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Tyler Cravy delivers to Colorado Rockies' David Dahl in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Tyler Cravy delivers to Colorado Rockies' David Dahl in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) 

Tyler Cravy wasn't with the Sky Sox on Tuesday, two days after a messy demotion from Milwaukee. But his manager expects him Wednesday and believes the situation is resolved.

"Look, your initial response is always negative," Colorado Springs manager Rick Sweet said. "He just expressed it outwardly.

"That's how baseball is. Every year this happens. I thought the organization handled it very well. Cravy will be fine."

Cravy appeared in 11 games for the Brewers in spring training, posting a 2.03 ERA and 0.60 WHIP. This was after he appeared in 18 games for the team in relief last year with a 0,81 ERA.

Told before camp he was battling for a job, Cravy felt he had earned it. But he was told Sunday that the Brewers would instead fill their final roster opening from outside the organization.

The 27-year-old reacted with unfiltered comments.

"I'd rather just find a 9-5 job where I get treated like a human at this point," Cravy told media after hearing of his assignment to Triple-A. "It would just be nice to have the honesty straight upfront, instead of, 'Hey, you're competing for a job,' and then to literally out-compete everyone and be told, 'Sorry, we have other plans.' It's tough. It says a lot about the integrity, or lack thereof, of the guys running the show."

He expanded on those comments later in the day on Twitter.

"My comments to the media today were a result of pure, raw emotion, just minutes after I was told I had been cut for a reason I'm still not aware of," Cravy wrote. "Did I say some things I shouldn't have? Probably. Did I say some things that offended people? Probably. What comments don't nowadays. For that I apologize."

He added, "I don't plan on quitting. Anybody that knows me knows I am the ULTIMATE COMPETITOR in anything and everything I do, not just my job. I will continue to work hard and let my performance do the talking."

Brewers general manager David Stearns told MLB.com that he understood the frustrations and added that "the likelihood is very high that players who have come this far in camp are going to be with this team for a large segment of the season. Certainly, that's no consolation to guys who aren't on the roster on opening day. I recognize that."

Sweet, who will manage Cravy for the second straight year in Triple-A, said the situation will not linger and such outpouring of emotion is to be expected in a competitive environment.

"You get 25 high-energy athletes that all want to be successful, all think they're the best," Sweet said. "It's our job, my job to say, 'Yeah, yeah, you're right; now let's move forward. You want to be the first guy to get called up? You need to do this . ."

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