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Scot Shields | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (39) / 7/22/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 180
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Lincoln Memorial (TN)
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Scot Shields has officially retired from baseball.
Shields had to be shut down in September of last season due to elbow problems and drew very little interest on the free agent market this winter. He told reporters in January that he was open to continuing his career in the right situation, but that situation never came along. The 35-year-old righty will finish with a stellar 3.18 career ERA and can safely be called one of modern baseball's most reliable setup men. Fri, Mar 18, 2011 01:17:00 PM

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Scot Shields has yet to make a decision about retirement.

The veteran setup man told reporters at the end of last season that he was thinking about hanging up his cleats for good, but several teams have expressed interest and he has not yet filed official retirement papers. "I'm not leaning any way," Shields told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. "If something comes along that seems like it's a good deal in a good place, I will play. If not, I'll be happy to stay home and spend time with my family."
Wed, Jan 5, 2011 07:18:00 PM

Scot Shields told Dan Woike of the Orange County Register that he is contemplating retirement.

"I don’t know. I could be home," said Shields. "I’ve definitely put thought into that, just going home and spending time with the family, or, I could pitch again. If the right situation comes up, I’ll look at it. But I’ll be very happy to just go home." Shields hasn't pitched since September 7 due to tightness in his right elbow. The 35-year-old right-hander has struggled to stay on the field for each of the last two seasons, posting a 5.65 ERA over 63 appearances.
Tue, Sep 28, 2010 08:53:00 PM

Scot Shields has probably thrown his last pitch this season because of a strained muscle on the inside of his forearm.

It appears Shields has avoided a major injury, as an MRI didn't reveal ligament damage to his elbow, but the forearm ailment is expected to end his year. He'll be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum this week before a final decision is made. Shields has a 5.28 ERA in 43 games this season.
Sun, Sep 19, 2010 10:46:00 AM

An MRI Friday on Scot Shields' elbow revealed no ligament damage.

However, he does have a strained muscle on the inside of his forearm. Shields hasn't pitched since September 7, and he is waiting on further word from Angels medical director Dr. Lewis Yocum before the next course of action is taken. It seems possible that Shields, who has had a horrible year, could be shut down.
Fri, Sep 17, 2010 07:46:00 PM

Scot Shields left Tuesday's game against Indians in the seventh inning due to a tight right elbow.

Shields struck out Travis Hafner and walked Matt LaPorta to begin the frame before being replaced by rookie right-hander Michael Kohn. We're awaiting further word on the severity of the injury.
Wed, Sep 8, 2010 01:02:00 AM

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times suspects that Scot Shields could be bumped off the Angels' roster within the next week.

Shields, once a dominant setup man, has walked 31 batters in 38 2/3 innings this season while posting an ERA of 6.05 and a 1.89 WHIP. There is no doubt that he is on the hot seat, especially with relievers Jason Bulger and Brian Stokes close to being activated off the disabled list. Shields will be a free agent this winter but could be designated for assignment before the end of 2010. Maybe he'll get a shot with a contending team.
Tue, Aug 10, 2010 11:30:00 AM

Making his first start since 2003, Scot Shields allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings versus the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Shields drew the emergency start after Joel Pineiro was scratched with a strained oblique. It was the 15th start of his career. Adrian Beltre and Bill Hall homered off him before he was removed.
Wed, Jul 28, 2010 07:35:00 PM

Scot Shields gave up four runs on two homers in an inning out of the pen Wednesday versus the Yankees.

The only nice thing one could say about Shields' season to date was that he had managed to keep the ball in the park. However, he matched his total of homers allowed on the season by giving up two today. Shields has a 5.68 ERA and a 1.77 WHIP in 31 2/3 innings. He didn't factor into the decision today, but he essentially took the Angels out of the game by turning a two-run Yankee lead into a six-run lead in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Wed, Jul 21, 2010 04:37:00 PM

Scot Shields took a loss after giving up a walkoff homer to Johnny Damon in the ninth inning Saturday.

The Angels keep hoping Shields will show something, but he's allowed 11 runs -- eight earned -- and walked eight in 6 1/3 innings to date. If he doesn't get it together soon, the Angels, who ate Justin Speier's salary last summer, might be forced to release a very expensive reliever for the second time in two years.
Sat, May 1, 2010 04:36:00 PM

Scot Shields made his second appearance of the spring Tuesday and threw a scoreless inning out of the pen against the Padres.

Shields walked one and struck out two. It didn't seem likely last month, but he's on schedule to be ready to be a part of the Angels bullpen on Opening Day.
Tue, Mar 16, 2010 06:12:00 PM

Scot Shields (knee) made his first appearance since last May during Friday's split-squad contest against the White Sox.

Shields gave up a leadoff single to A.J. Pierzynski, but retired the next three batters. Best news of all, he felt no pain in his surgically-repaired left knee. "It felt like 100 percent. I wasn't thinking about my knee at all. That's when it kind of clicked," said Shields. "It was OK. It was something I was waiting for – to go out there and throw off the mound full bore, ready to go."
Fri, Mar 12, 2010 08:34:00 PM

Scot Shields (knee) is scheduled to pitch in Friday's spring game.

Shields looked strong in a 20-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. "You can simulate this stuff as much as you want -- he had a great workout down on Field 1 the other day," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said early Friday morning. "It's not going to match not only the intensity of a spring-training game, but taking it into a regular-season game." Well said, skip.
Fri, Mar 12, 2010 01:00:00 PM

Scot Shields (knee) threw 20 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday.

A good day," said Shields, who is working his way back from surgery on his left knee last May. "I threw fastballs, three or four curveballs, no changeups. I got behind a couple guys but got back [in the count]. The movement was there. Everything felt good. I think I'm ready to get in a game, but it's their call on that."
Source: MLBlogs.com
Tue, Mar 9, 2010 02:19:00 PM

Scot Shields (knee) "should be in games within a week," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the media Thursday.

Shields is making his way back from May 2009 knee surgery and has already begun throwing bullpen sessions. He clocked only 17 2/3 innings last season and finished with a 6.62 ERA and 1.75 WHIP.
Thu, Mar 4, 2010 06:26:00 PM