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Dontrelle Willis’ comeback with Cubs lasts seven pitches

Feb 25, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

Dontrelle Willis

Dontrelle Willis might truly be finished this time. Making an unscheduled appearance against the Dodgers, the left-hander left the game after just seven pitches Monday with shoulder tightness, the Cubs reported.

Willis, who announced his retirement last July after a stint with the Orioles’ Triple-A team, signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in January. He walked the first batter he faced today and threw one pitch to the second before exiting accompanied by the trainer. He was pointing towards his shoulder while in the dugout and seemed pretty distraught.

The 31-year-old Willis last pitched in the majors with the Reds in 2011, going 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 starts. The NL Cy Young Award runner-up in 2005, he hasn’t been an effective starter since 2006. Since being traded to the Tigers with Miguel Cabrera after the 2007 season, he’s won just four of 40 starts.

  1. dondada10 - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Ride off into the sunset, D-Train.

  2. bmoreballers - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    How do you not feel sorry for this guy

    • pinkfloydprism - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      I can think of $40 Million reasons not to.

      • skerney - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        His ex wife took most of it.

  3. cackalackyank - Feb 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Really a shame..and something that there has been too much of in recent years. D-train, Brandon Webb, Mark Prior, Scott Kazimr (making a try with the Indians now)…I’m sure there are many others I can’t think of right now. So many guys that project well and/or deliver a great season or two and then pffffft. Some guys just don’t have the arm, and some don’t have the mental toughness etc. Whichever causes these flame outs, it is still sad and amazing.

    • tuberippin - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:08 PM

      At least BWebb can say he pitched long enough and well enough to earn himself an NL Cy Young award. The rest of that group is mostly full of broken dreams and faded memories.

  4. randygnyc - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Too bad. A good guy, by all accounts.

  5. deepstblu - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Still think he ought to take a shot at coming back as a hitter. .244/.287/.378 isn’t shabby when it’s your side job and nobody ever pitches around you. He’s 31 now, though, and that might be a little late for a new beginning.

    • tuberippin - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Meh. Hasn’t worked out too great for Adam Loewen, nor for Micah Owings, and only marginally for Rick Ankiel.

      • jm91rs - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        But if it buys him another few years in the bigs and another few years worth of MLB minimum paychecks, then I really can’t see why he wouldn’t try. The guy was a solid hitter, showed great athleticism in general. Give it a shot, it can’t suck to be paid to play baseball.

  6. historiophiliac - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    How am I not supposed to make a dirty joke about this???

  7. cosanostra71 - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Sorry to hear that.

  8. crankyfrankie - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Finding out you are washed up is always tragic even with enough money in the bank to give you a number of options on what to do next. You body breaking down before the time when age does that to us all doubly so. Good luck Mr. Willis.

    • polonelmeagrejr - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      tragic?, I think not. I’ll give you “too bad.”

  9. turdfurgerson68 - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Then again, Dontrelle Willis might NOT be finished this time. Only the Cubs really know whats going on with his shoulder. Maybe its bad, maybe its not.

    Let’s say he pitched lights out today, would that mean he would truly make the team? Of course not.

    Pure speculation on the part of Pouliot..and hack journalism at its finest

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