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The Nats release Cla Meredith

Mar 11, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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That was a short time in Washington.

Cla Meredith was signed by the Nats in early February, got hurt almost as soon as spring training began, had Tommy John surgery last week and today was released. I always wonder who pays for a guy’s medical bills when this sort of thing happens.  Do the Nats cover it even though he’s not on the team anymore?  I figure they do, but I’m not sure.

Meredith had a nice little 2-3 year run in San Diego but he hit a wall last year with health problems and ineffectiveness. The surgery will shelve him through next spring in all likelihood, and he doesn’t have anyone waiting for him on the other side, so it’s hard to say if and when we’ll see him again.

  1. Utley's Hair - Mar 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Imagine the COBRA payments for something like that.

  2. nyyankeefanforever - Mar 11, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Craig, based upon my reading of the attached article explaining the process as it pertained to Ben Sheets in 2009, it appears the team he was pitching for when the injury was incurred pays the cost of the surgery. If he’s unsigned or a free agent when the injury is discovered but still officially an eligible nonretired player, the player’s association pays it. See the attached.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090205&content_id=3801488&fext=.jsp

    Thanks for raising the question. I too was always curious about that and your interest spurred my look-see into the subject.

  3. umpire6 - Mar 11, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    The team’s workers’ compensation insurance will be on the hook. His employer on the date of injury, assuming his injury is work-related, will bear the responsibility of paying his medical bills. In most states, athletes are covered under workers’ comp, just like the rest of us. My office defends an NFL team for all of its work comp cases.

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