Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said pitcher Dontrelle Willis has decided to retire, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Roenicke said Willis, who was in camp on a minor-league deal, said the physical toll of attempting a comeback was just too much for the veteran left-handed pitcher. The 33-year-old Willis hadn't pitched in the majors since 2011 with the Reds. Willis was part of the Giants organization last spring until he was released in April. He pitched in the independent Atlantic League for two starts and made two relief appearances for Triple-A Fresno last season. He went 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA over nine MLB seasons. He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003 with the Marlins and was a two-time All-Star.
Brewers lefthander Dontrelle Willis was scratched from a scheduled appearance on Saturday with neck stiffness, according to a report by MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. "He's a little upset; he wanted to get out there," manager Ron Roenicke said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "They've been working on him all morning. Hopefully we can get it loosened up. I don't know if he can come back tomorrow or the next day. Kranny (pitching coach Rick Kranitz) talked to him for quite a while this morning."
Brewers pitcher Dontrelle Willis has made a favorable impression during camp, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. In particular, Willis has impressed manager Ron Roenicke. "He's got a great attitude," Roenicke said. "The things he said are exactly what you want a player to say. He gets it." Willis has also made a strong impression on his new teammates. Willis, 33, has not pitched in the majors since 2011. He's attempting to make a come back with the Brewers this spring.
Two-time All-Star pitcher Dontrelle Willis will attempt another major-league comeback, as he agreed to a minor-league deal with the Brewers on Wednesday. His contract includes an invite to major-league spring training. The 33-year-old Willis hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 with the Reds. Although, he worked out for a bunch of scouts Tuesday, according to Crasnick. "I feel like a rookie,'' Willis said. "This is very humbling. It's going to seem surreal until I see my name on a uniform in spring training. I just can't believe it.'' Willis was part of the Giants organization last spring until he was released in April. He pitched in the independent Atlantic League for two starts and made two relief appearances for Triple-A Fresno last season. He is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA over nine MLB seasons. He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003.
The Giants released pitcher Dontrelle Willis . Willis suffered an arm injury in his most recent start with Triple-A Fresno, and it could be the one that ends the career of the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year. He allowed no runs while recording two outs in his two appearances with Fresno.
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