From the Wire … Wellemeyer Announces Retirement

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.

Todd Wellemeyer’s Page on Baseball Reference

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  • studio179

    “With Wellemeyer announcing his retirement, the Cubs will have one less choice for the fifth spot in the rotation.”

    The right decision was made. Good luck.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Please not Doug Davis or James Russell. PLEASE!

  • Trandersonjr

    Todd
    Good luck in the future. May God bless you and your family.

  • Mark

    WOW! 8 years of enjoyment….yes, playing baseball at the ML level…then you get to retire! I know I should have worked and tried harder to get signed in college.

  • Jim_Tinley_Park

    I actually liked Todd. I remember his debut.