Brewers reliever Tyler Cravy isn’t exactly jumping for joy about his trip back to the farm.
The 27-year-old righty didn’t mince words after missing Milwaukee’s final roster cut before Opening Day, telling The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel over the weekend that he may look for “a 9-to-5 job where I get treated like a human, at this point.”
Cravy said he believes he had a strong enough spring to warrant another shot with the big-league club, and his stats seem to support his argument. Cravy recorded a 2.03 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .116 batting average over 11 outings.
After going 0-8 with a 5.70 ERA with the Brewers in a 2015 rookie season that included seven starts, Cravy bounced back in the bullpen last season with a 2.86 ERA over 20 appearances.
But the pitcher said the team hasn’t been forthright about his major-league chances this year.
“It would just be nice to have the honesty straight up front instead of, ‘Hey, you’re competing for a job,’ then literally out-compete everyone and be told, ‘Sorry, we have other plans,’” Cravy said, according to the report.
“It says a lot about the integrity, or lack thereof, of the guys running the show, but what are you going to do?” he continued. “All you can do is put up numbers and sometimes that’s still not enough. I don’t think they would release me. I think it would just be me deciding to quit if I chose that route. I’m just not sure I want to play for guys who treat you like this.”
Cravy later wrote in a Twitter post that his comments were from the heart, and apologized if some took issue with them.
"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," he 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. Do I regret any of it? Absolutely not. I’m human and I spoke up for myself when I felt I was beating [sic] treated unfairly. Next time I’ll be more aware that my comments aren’t too detrimental to anybody."
He added that his days on the mound aren’t yet finished.
"I don’t plan on quitting," he continued. "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."
If things don’t end up working out for Cravy on the hill, it’s uncertain what specific 9-to-5 venture is in the cards.