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Dontrelle Willis | Starting Pitcher

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 232
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Dontrelle Willis has decided to retire from baseball.
Willis was trying to make a comeback as a non-roster invitee with the Brewers, but he's been plagued by a neck injury and has decided to hang it up. The left-hander was National League Rookie of the Year in 2003 and finished runner-up for the Cy Young in 2005, but he's ran into hard times the last few years, having not appeared in the majors since 2011. Willis turned 33 in January. Mar 13 - 1:13 PM

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Dontrelle Willis had a scheduled appearance on Saturday scratched due to a stiff neck.

"He's a little upset; he wanted to get out there," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "They've been working on him all morning. Hopefully we can get it loosened up. I don't know if he can come back tomorrow or the next day. Kranny (pitching coach Rick Kranitz) talked to him for quite a while this morning." Willis, 33, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 and the injury certainly won't help his long shot chances of breaking camp with the Brew Crew.
Mar 8 - 10:33 AM

Brewers signed LHP Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Willis, 33, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011. He has spent the last three seasons pitching in the Orioles, Angels, and Giants' organizations as well as Long Island and Bridgeport of the independent Atlantic League. This bid with the Brewers may be his last shot at a return to the majors.
Jan 21 - 11:13 AM

Giants released LHP Dontrelle Willis.

Willis suffered an arm injury during Sunday's game with Triple-A Fresno, holding his left elbow as he walked off the field. It was obviously a serious injury, because the Giants released him on Wednesday. This may be the end for the 32-year-old.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:37:00 PM

Dontrelle Willis was removed from his outing at Triple-A Fresno on Sunday with an apparent arm injury.

Willis threw three wild pitches, and then walked off holding his left elbow. The 32-year-old left-hander had appeared in one other game thus far, working a perfect 1/3 of an inning. The team should have an update on his status this evening.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 08:07:00 PM

Dontrelle Willis underwent an MRI Tuesday after feeling something in his neck while pitching.

The results of the MRI aren't yet known. Willis is in the Giants' minor league portion of camp after spending most of last season in independent ball.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:45:00 PM

Giants signed LHP Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract.

The deal is not expected to include an invitation to big league camp in spring training. Willis spent most of last season in independent ball before catching on with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate late in the year. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011 and hasn't been effective at the big league level since 2006.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 03:26:00 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants are close to signing Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract.

Willis spent most of last season in independent ball before catching on with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate late in the year. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011 and hasn't been effective at the big league level since 2006. Obviously, the 32-year-old is nothing more than a depth add at this point.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 12:40:00 PM

Dontrelle Willis struggled mightily in his third start with Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, surrendering eight runs on five hits and seven walks in just 3 2/3 innings.

After pitching well in his first two starts, the wheels fell off the D-Train on Friday. Willis also hit a batter and served up a pair of home runs. It's extremely unlikely that he'll contribute at the Major League level again.
Sat, Aug 24, 2013 12:15:00 AM

Angels signed LHP Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract.

Willis, 31, was released by the Cubs in March and had a 2.57 ERA over 14 starts in the independent Atlantic League. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011 and will provide organizational depth. The Angels have assigned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 04:48:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Dontrelle Willis has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

The Ducks have added some star power the last two days, as they inked Vladimir Guerrero to a deal Thursday. Willis was in spring training with the Cubs but suffered a shoulder injury and never had a shot to break camp with the big club, anyway. The lefty is a longshot to ever put on a big league uniform again.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 01:18:00 PM

Cubs released LHP Dontrelle Willis.

Willis is still working his way back from a shoulder injury that he suffered early in spring training. At this point, it's fair to wonder if another team is willing to take a shot on him. The Cubs will give him his outright release rather than demote him to the minors.
Sat, Mar 30, 2013 12:19:00 PM

Dontrelle Willis (shoulder) is back on a normal throwing schedule.

Willis had to exit his spring debut Monday because of left shoulder tightness, but he's pain-free now. The southpaw is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Iowa.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 11:07:00 AM

Dontrelle Willis left his spring debut Monday against the Dodgers because of left shoulder tightness.

Willis wasn't in the running for a major league roster spot anyway. He'll probably be given a few weeks of rest.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 06:42:00 PM

Dontrelle Willis was lifted from his spring debut after just seven pitches due to an undisclosed injury.

Willis appeared emotional in the dugout after departing, which would suggest that it's something serious. The left-hander signed a minor league contract with Chicago in January. The Cubs should provide an update soon.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 06:14:00 PM

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