The winter has been a bit rude to free agent first baseman Troy Glaus.
The 34-year-old drew mild interest from the Rockies in early December, but talks never went anywhere and he wasn’t linked to another club the rest of the way. Now, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, he is considering retirement. Or at least sitting out for the 2011 season.
Glaus posted a decent .240/.344/.400 overall batting line, 17 home runs and 71 RBI across 128 games in 2010, but he had a horrible second half and clubs are probably worried that whatever was plaguing him in August, September and October of last season will carry over into 2011. Plus, his limited range defensively has made him useful at only one position.
Here’s his agent, Mike Nicotera:
“Troy had opportunities to sign with more than one club this offseason and each time he was presented with a particular opportunity, he weighed it against spending more time with his wife and family. After a good deal of thought and discussion in each instance, he decided to pass on playing.”
He could decide to look for offers mid-summer, when teams might be dealing with injuries or simply looking to add depth. Glaus still has some amount of power potential.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.