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Randy Johnson | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (54) / 9/10/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'10" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: USC
Drafted: 1985 / Rd. 2 (0) / WAS

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Randy Johnson has officially announced his retirement, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse.
The 46-year-old southpaw announced his decision during a Tuesday conference call. Johnson's 22nd season was cut short due to injury, posting a 4.88 ERA in 96 innings, but he did reach the 300-win plateau against the Nationals in June. The Big Unit finishes his illustrious career at 303-166 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, including five Cy Young Awards. His 4,875 career strikeouts are second only to Nolan Ryan. He'll surely be a member of the Hall of Fame class in 2015. Tue, Jan 5, 2010 07:03:00 PM

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Randy Johnson will announce his retirement on Tuesday evening, according to's Ken Rosenthal.

Johnson's camp moved up the announcement by a day to avoid conflict with Tuesday's Hall of Fame announcements, a ceremony he should enjoy in five years. The 46-year suffered a torn rotator cuff in early July, making a return to the diamond for a 23rd year unlikely. The Big Unit ends a stellar career 303-166 with a 3.29 ERA and 4,875 career strikeouts.
Tue, Jan 5, 2010 04:56:00 PM

Randy Johnson will make an announcement on his future on Tuesday, with several writers, including USA Today's Bob Nightengale, speculating that he will announce his retirement.

The Big Unit suffered a torn rotator cuff in early July, making this decision easier. The 46-year old was 8-6 this past season with a 4.81 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 22 appearances. If this is it, Johnson was 303-166 in 22 major league seasons, compiling a 3.29 ERA and 4,875 career strikeouts. Cooperstown will be his next stop.
Tue, Jan 5, 2010 04:29:00 PM

Randy Johnson is still weighing whether to return for the 2010 season.

It would be Johnson's 23rd professional season. He was 8-6 this season with a 4.81 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 22 appearances before suffering a torn rotator cuff in early July. "It depends whether he still has the fire and whether he wants to compete and how he feels," said his agent, Alan Nero. "He's enjoying his family... and I can't speak for him."
Tue, Dec 8, 2009 09:09:00 PM

Randy Johnson is unsure whether he will return for a 23rd season in the bigs.

Johnson said "there's no real sense of urgency" to the decision, adding that his health and ability to start will factor in any decision. The Big Unit suffered a torn rotator cuff in early July, only just returning to pitch out of the bullpen after avoiding surgery. It's hard to see the 46-year old returning for another go-round.
Thu, Oct 1, 2009 05:07:00 PM

Giants activated LHP Randy Johnson from the 60-day disabled list.

Johnson will work out of the bullpen over the regular season's final few weeks. If the Giants happen to squeeze their way into the playoffs, perhaps he'll be given a shot at starting. The "Big Unit" was 8-6 with a 4.81 ERA before suffering a torn rotator cuff in early July.
Wed, Sep 16, 2009 08:52:00 AM

Randy Johnson (torn rotator cuff) threw 53 pitches in a simulated game Monday.

It was Johnson's first time facing batters since going on the disabled list over two months ago. The 'Big Unit' will see how his body responds Tuesday before setting out a timetable to return to the team out of the bullpen.
Mon, Sep 14, 2009 09:34:00 PM

Randy Johnson (shoulder) is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Monday with hopes that he could be activated for the Rockies series.

Johnson hasn't pitched in a game since July 5 and believes that his absence contributed to the Giants' current standing in the Wild Card race, saying, "I've missed about 10 starts. I'm sure I wouldn't have been 10-0, but I'm sure the deficit wouldn't be what it is now. That's not the scenario, unfortunately, but I'm back to help in any capacity I can." Johnson may be activated, but don't count on him returning as a starting pitcher.
Sat, Sep 12, 2009 06:59:00 PM

Randy Johnson has been playing catch on flat ground up to 80 feet in his rehab from a torn rotator cuff.

Johnson has not pitched since July 5. The team is hoping to get him back for the stretch run and could speed up his rehab by making him a reliever.
Sun, Aug 30, 2009 11:39:00 AM

Randy Johnson (shoulder) is hoping to begin a throwing program this week with an eye on returning before the end of the regular season.

Johnson suffered a slight tear of his left rotator cuff on July 6 and hasn't picked up a baseball since. The Giants could opt to speed up his rehab process by deeming him a long reliever.
Mon, Aug 24, 2009 09:08:00 AM

Randy Johnson (torn rotator cuff) is hoping to return to the Giants in September, as a reliever if necessary.

The Big Unit was placed on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday. "I came here to win games," he said. "That’s my intention still. Hopefully I go out in some capacity and contribute, whether it’s starting or relieving... I’ve had a lot of surgeries and I’ve rehabbed a lot. I know what it’s about."
Wed, Jul 29, 2009 10:34:00 AM

Giants transferred LHP Randy Johnson to the 60-day disabled list.

This may be the end of the road for Johnson, who was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff on Tuesday night. He turns 46 in September and only signed a one-year deal with the Giants this winter. The Big Unit was 8-6 this season with a 4.81 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 91-plus innings.
Tue, Jul 28, 2009 10:09:00 PM

Randy Johnson has been diagnosed with a slightly torn left rotator cuff.

Johnson suffered the injury three weeks ago during an at-bat against Houston's Roy Oswalt. He was hoping to begin a throwing program soon, but that obviously won't happen. The Big Unit has been ordered to rest for three weeks and could have trouble returning at all this season. For a guy who turns 46 in September, this could be a career-threatening injury.
Tue, Jul 28, 2009 08:42:00 PM

Randy Johnson (shoulder) is hoping to begin a throwing program soon.

Johnson was in San Francisco on Monday for a check-up with team doctors. "It's a positive sign that I'm feeling a lot better than I was three weeks ago," he said. "With the amount of weight I was lifting, it does feel better," Johnson said. "So I'll have to get with the doctor and see what he recommends and just kind of go from there." There's no timetable yet on his return.
Tue, Jul 28, 2009 10:08:00 AM

Giants placed LHP Randy Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder.

This sounds like an injury that could keep the Big Unit shelved for more than 15 days, but manager Bruce Bochy believes it isn't that serious and that he could return at the 15-day mark. Jonathan Sanchez will return to the rotation to replace Johnson in the interim.
Mon, Jul 6, 2009 07:25:00 PM

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