UPDATE: Dontrelle Willis has informed the Brewers that he is retiring due to neck issues that deterred his comeback attempt, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.
Dontrelle Willis has told the #Brewers he intends to retire. Stiff neck derailed his comeback attempt.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 13, 2015
JANUARY 21ST: Free-agent left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis trying to make another comeback attempt to the major leagues, as he has signed a minor-league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, which includes an invitation to big league spring training next month, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Dontrelle Willis has agreed on a minor league deal with #brewers. Includes invite to big league camp.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 21, 2015
Over the past three seasons, the 33-year-old southpaw has pitched in the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants‘ organizations, though his 2014 minor-league campaign came to an abrupt ending after four appearances with the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate at Fresno, as he was cut after a left elbow injury.
He tried to continue his season with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League (Independent Ball), but failed to gain much traction, only pitching in two games for the ball club. In his last stint in the majors back in 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds, Willis pitched to a 1-6 record, along with a 5.00 ERA in 13 starts.
Beginning his career with a 58-39 record, along with a 3.44 ERA, for the Miami Marlins in his first four major-league seasons (2003-06), he accomplished the feat of winning the National League Rookie of the Year back in 2003. Willis also went on to make two All-Star game appearances with the Marlins. However, injuries would limit him to only 78 appearances over the next five seasons, recording a 14-30 record, along with a 5.65 ERA.
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