Posted January 14, 2014

Former A’s pitcher Dallas Braden says he is retiring

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Dallas Braden is surrounded by teammates after throwing the 19th perfect  game in MLB history. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Dallas Braden is congratulated after throwing the 19th perfect game in MLB history. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Former Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden says he is retiring from baseball because of recurring shoulder problems.

Braden, 30, finishes his career with a 26-36 record and a 4.16 ERA in five seasons with the A’s.

Braden had surgery on his shoulder in 2011 and underwent another surgery the following season because of a torn rotator cuff. He sued the team in 2009 after a former doctor severed a nerve in his left foot.

“There is nothing left in there, it’s just a shredded mess,” Braden said to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I left my arm on the mound at the Coliseum, and I’m OK with that.”

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Braden threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 10, 2010, retiring all 27 Rays batters, while striking out six.

“I wasn’t in a position to repeat my delivery, to pitch with any intention,” Braden said. “That’s OK, I understood the odds I was facing. You have to face your mortality one day, and I have been so blessed in this game. If I take 10 minutes to be hacked off about it, it would be nine minutes too long. You can’t ask for more than I’ve been given, coming where my grandmother and I are coming from.”


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