Reliever Koda Glover announced his retirement from professional baseball on Monday via Twitter. He played parts of three seasons in the majors from 2016-18, all with the Nationals.
Glover, 26, was limited to just 55 1/3 innings due to injuries. He battled a strained forearm this past season, shoulder issues in 2018, as well as back and shoulder issues in ’17. He hangs up his spikes with a career 4.55 ERA, nine saves, and 42 strikeouts across his 63 big league appearances.
We very rarely hear about big league players retiring at such a young age, but it is understandable. Rehabilitating from injuries is often an isolating experience, as Lindsey Adler detailed in a profile of Jordan Montgomery and Ben Heller published back in September. It’s hard to blame anyone for not wanting to deal with that kind of lifestyle.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.