The Milwaukee Brewers have granted infielder Bobby Crosby his release, ending his attempted comeback with the club.
Crosby, 33, has been out of baseball for two seasons after injuries and a lost desire to play the game ended his career after the 2010 season.
The 2004 American League Rookie of the Year with Oakland, Crosby hit just .188 in seven spring training for the Brewers after missing the start of camp with a thigh bruise.
Crosby never could duplicate the success he had his first full season in the big leagues when he hit .239 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI.
He spent the next four seasons as the Athletics’ starting shortstop before the team signed Orlando Cabrera in 2009.
Crosby played 2009 as a utility man for Oakland before signing with Pittsburgh as a free agent in 2010. Hitting just .224 with one home run in 61 games with the Pirates, Crosby was traded to Arizona in July.
Injuries to Corey Hart and Mat Gamel opened a slight window for Crosby to make the team because of his experience at first base, but Alex Gonzalez has appeared to place a firm grasp on that job.
The Brewers took a chance on the versatile infielder, but like right-hander Kelvim Escobar and his comeback attempt, Crosby didn’t show enough to prove worthy of a spot on the roster.
Milwaukee’s is down to 40 players in big league camp after Crosby’s release.