Pitcher Dane De La Rosa has chosen to retire from major league baseball, David Hall of the Virginia Pilot reports. The 32-year-old had spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues, including a breakout season in 2013 with the Angels when he finished with a 2.86 ERA and a 65/28 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings.
De La Rosa was with the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk this season, compiling a 4.35 ERA with a 7/8 K/BB ratio in 10 1/3 innings. As that K/BB ratio indicates, the right-hander had been battling control issues, perhaps stemming from forearm, shoulder, and knee issues he suffered from in 2014.
Since entering professional baseball in 2003, De La Rosa played in the organizations of the Yankees, Brewers, Rays, Angels, and Orioles, and even spent some time in the independent league between 2005-09.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).