According to Richard Walker of the Shelby Star, 38-year-old right-hander Kevin Millwood announced Friday night at his old high school in Bessemer City, North Carolina that he is ending his baseball career.
“I’m just ready to retire,” Millwood told the Star. “I feel like I can still throw it well and going out on a high note is a big deal. I just felt it was time to be closer to home and to be around the kids more often.”
Millwood has two sons who are nearing their teenage years. He plans to spend his newfound down time hunting, fishing and coaching youth sports.
The former 11th-round draft pick posted a 4.11 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over the course of his 16-year major league career.
He played for the Braves, Phillies, Indians, Rangers, Orioles, Rockies and Mariners.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.