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

The Milwaukee Brewers fired pitcher Luke Barker this week, and he's not happy about it.
However, it's not the fact that he was fired that got him. It happens all the time in baseball.
In fact, he was drafted and released just hours after his Tommy John surgery.
"Unfortunately, my time as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization comes to an end," he wrote on Twitter Thursday evening. "I let others decide if it's ethical to release a player on the day of surgery. I'll let others decide if the MLBPA allowing injured players to be DFAs makes them an effective union.
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"Right now I'm just grateful for my family, for the friends I've made over the past six seasons, for Dr. Camp and the Mayo Clinic team and to everyone who has followed me.”
Barker clarified his comments Friday, saying the Brewers did indeed come in and offered him a minor-league contract after his initial tweet during his rehab. His real anger, he said, is with the players' association.
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However, despite the offer, Barker said he will instead remain a minor league free agent and rehab "at my own facility with support from the Brewers."
Barker, 30, made his major league debut for the Brewers in June. He allowed 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, which eventually led him to surgery.
While it sounds like the Brewers have returned to try to remedy the situation, it's easy to see why anyone would be furious at losing their seat just hours after major surgery.
Luke Barker was released by the Brewers just hours after his surgery on Tommy John. (Brandon Sloter/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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