Lefty Bedard ends comeback attempt, announces retirement
Erik Bedard has ended his attempt at a comeback from yet another injury and announced his retirement after an 11-year major-league career.
The oft-injured left-hander had been pitching for the Dodgers at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, rehabbing a strained lat muscle. The news was announced Thursday.
The 36-year-old Bedard went 71-82 with one save in a big league career that included time with Baltimore, Seattle, Boston and Tampa Bay. His best season came with the Orioles in 2007, when he went 13-5 with 221 strikeouts and finished fifth in the AL Cy Young Award voting. He was 15-11 a year earlier.
But he only topped 150 innings once after 2007 because of a series of injuries in 2013.
Bedard made three starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers minor-league team in the California League this season. He had been slowed by injuries late in his career.