Toronto's Maicer Izturis announces retirement from MLB
Toronto Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis has announced his retirement from baseball.
Izturis was back in camp with the Blue Jays on a minor league deal, but he said that his body just couldn't handle the grind anymore. The 35-year-old was limited to just five rehab games last season and 11 contests in 2014 due to injury.
Izturis was a pretty solid player before injuries took hold, hitting .269/.331/.372 with 39 home runs and 93 stolen bases across parts of 11 big league seasons while playing all over the infield. His career Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 games at second base was an around-average 2.2, third base was -0.3 and shortstop was -3.1.
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