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Drew Cumberland forced back into retirement

Mar 12, 2012, 11:36 PM EST

Drew Cumberland

Sad news to pass along from Padres’ camp.

Padres’ vice president of player development and international scouting Randy Smith told Corey Brock of MLB.com that prospect infielder Drew Cumberland has ended his comeback attempt.

Cumberland retired for the first time last summer after being diagnosed with bilateral vestibulopathy, a rare inner-ear condition which can cause blurred vision, dizziness and headaches. The 23-year-old has a history of concussions dating back to before he was a supplemental first-round pick of the Padres back in 2007. He was cleared to resume his career after visiting with concussion specialists in November, but his symptoms resurfaced this spring.

“I talked to Cumby [Sunday] and he said that his symptoms had returned and he just wasn’t going to be able to continue,” said Randy Smith, the Padres’ vice president of player development and international scouting.

“I told him to take as much time as he needs … but I don’t think that the outcome is going to change.”

Cumberland was ranked as the organization’s No. 9 prospect by Baseball America last offseason after batting .316/.380/.430 over his first four professional seasons. It’s a shame his career is over at such a young age, but hopefully his condition eventually improves to the point where he can have some quality of life again.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    I can’t imagine how devastating it would be to have put in enough time and effort to get your career to that point just to see it derailed by something completely out of your control. I wish him all the best in whatever he does from here.

  2. kjt929 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Hope the best for him

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