According to Carrie Muskat, Todd Wellemeyer announced his retirement from baseball Saturday afternoon. Wellemeyer signed a minor league deal with the Cubs over the off-season that included an invite to big league camp. Wellemeyer made a couple off appearances in the Cactus League before a right hip injury caused him to shut it down.
Wellemeyer returned to the hill Thursday but struggled in Triple-A and allowed four runs on eight hits with two walks in 3 2/3 innings. Todd Wellemeyer posted a 32-34 career mark in eight big league seasons with a 4.83 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP. Many will remember Wellemeyer’s debut on May 15, 2003. Wellemeyer struck out the side swinging in the 17th inning and earned his first save in a 4-2 Cubs win over the Brewers.
With Wellemeyer announcing his retirement, the Cubs will have one less choice for the fifth spot in the rotation. The Cubs have not decided who will start next Saturday against the Giants … the next game Mike Quade will need a fifth starter.
Doug Davis’ next minor league start will not be until Wednesday (Iowa Cubs), which would make him unavailable by a day to face the Giants. Wellemeyer was thought to be in the mix … along with Ramon Ortiz and James Russell.