We’ll go ahead and let the 30-year-old right-hander break his own news:
Cordero has logged only 14 innings in the major leagues since the end of the 2007 season and did not pitch at any level in 2012. But he is over the shoulder issues that have plagued him and ready for another shot. The former first-round pick of the Expos posted a 1.82 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 74 1/3 frames with the Nationals in 2005 while leading the league with 47 saves. He owns 128 career saves and a 2.89 career major league ERA.
Cordero will report to minor league camp with the Angels, according to MLB.com beat writer Alden Gonzalez, and will not be in the running for a spot in Anaheim’s Opening Day bullpen.
Former Nationals closer Chad Cordero, in D.C. to throw out the first pitch before Friday night’s game, said he intends to attempt a comeback.
Cordero retired last June after getting released by the Blue Jays. Shoulder problems wrecked his career after seasons of 47, 29 and 37 saves with the Nationals from 2005-07. He’s pitched just 14 innings since (4 1/3 in 2008 and 9 2/3 with the Jays in 2010). Cordero also dealt with the personal tragedy of losing his baby daughter to sudden infant death syndrome in 2010.
Still just 30, Cordero is aiming to pitch in winter ball and catch on with a major league team after that.
Chad Cordero hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010 and hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since 2007, but the former All-Star closer is apparently preparing for a comeback next year.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com caught up with Cordero at yesterday’s Nationals-Dodgers game and reports that he’s “in great shape after losing 25 pounds by being on Weight Watchers.”
Rarely do we get to add another name to the “Best Shape Of His Life” list during the season, so this is an exciting day.
As for Cordero, he never really recovered from a torn labrum five years ago. The injury sapped his velocity and turned him into a shell of the guy who saved a league-leading 47 games with a 1.82 ERA for the Nationals in 2005 and was an effective closer in 2006 and 2007. In fact, in the five years since the injury Cordero has thrown a grand total of 14 innings.
Cordero is still just 30 years old and is certainly worth rooting for, but his comeback has some pretty long odds.