Royals release George Sherrill

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Not so long ago George Sherrill was one of the best left-handed specialists in baseball, but he missed nearly all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery and has struggled to come back this year.

And today the Royals released him from Triple-A, where Sherrill had a 6.23 ERA and 14 walks in 21.2 innings.

For his nine-year career Sherrill has held left-handed hitters to a .186 batting average and as recently as 2011 he had a 3.00 ERA with more than a strikeout per inning, but at age 36 he might be just about done. He did have a good strikeout rate while struggling overall at Triple-A, so maybe someone will give him one last look.