Thursday, November 28, 2013
Theodore Roosevelt will no longer be the man in the arena.
Also, another Expo down…
Left-hander Ted Lilly’s comeback attempt has stalled due to persistent shoulder and back pain, and the 15-year veteran is set to announce his retirement from professional baseball, he told Andreina Salas Guzman Venezuelan news outlet El Universal (Spanish link)...
Lilly, 37, recently had nerve endings in the right side of his neck cauterized in an attempt to alleviate neck pain that had been hampering his ability to pitch. That procedure seems to have been effective, as he told Guzman his neck feels ok, but he’s far from pain free: “It’s principally the pain in my back and shoulder. I’m having problems there. I feel like I can’t return to being the pitcher I was a few years ago.”...
Lilly’s career will come to a close with a 130-113 record, a 4.14 ERA and 1,681 strikeouts in 1982 2/3 innings of Major League action.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
As his 16th big-league season drew to a close, Mark DeRosa sounded like he might go for 17.
And the Toronto Blue Jays were ready to bring him back, picking up his US$750,000 option for 2014. But even though he agreed to the club option when he signed his Toronto contract, in the end he decided he was unwilling to play again for that salary – the same amount he was paid in 2013.
On Tuesday, the Blue Jays announced that the veteran utility player had decided to retire.
DeRosa spent one year with Toronto, his eighth club, batting .235 with a .326 on-base percentage in 88 games and fulfilling his mandate to help with the maturation of young third baseman Brett Lawrie.
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