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Goleski returned to the Indians
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
The Oakland Athletics sent outfielder Ryan Goleski back to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.
"It's real disappointing because I liked being here," said Goleski, who had been acquired in December. "I'm wondering why Cleveland wants me back. I don't know where I fit in there."
A's assistant GM David Forst said the A's tried to work out a deal with the Indians to keep Goleski but couldn't close the trade.
"We knew from the start they wanted him back," Forst said. "I would have loved to find a spot for him. He's got the potential for a good major league career ahead of him."
Goleski, who turned 25 last week, said he would remain in the Phoenix area until he could contact the Indians and ascertain his future with them.
"I'm not looking forward to jumping on a plane and getting there in a hurry," Goleski said. "This one I don't see where they're benefiting with me coming back. I thought I earned my way out."
Goleski, who underwent wrist surgery in November, was originally taken by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in December's winter-meeting draft, then was sent to Oakland.
Left-hander Jay Marshall, another winter-meeting draft pick, appears likely to make the A's roster.
"This whole thing doesn't make sense to me," said Goleski, who hit .152 in 21 games during spring training. "I had the opportunity to go from Double-A to the major leagues. Anyone would desire that. I'm disappointed in going back."
I understand Goleski's disappointment, but I think what he is missing is if he was retained by Oakland he would be sent to their Double-A or Triple-A affiliate as well.