Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Arizona Diamondbacks starter Brandon Webb, a former National League Cy Young winner in 2006, has announced his retirement from baseball after attempting several times to come back from shoulder problems.
The 33-year-old Webb, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009 due to shoulder problems, announced his retirement in a statement released by agents Jonathan Maurer and Mike Montana.
“With retirement, Brandon looks forward to focusing on more time with his family,” the statement said. “He would like to thank all the countless coaches, players and friends for their support during his career.”
Webb made three All-Star teams and averaged 227 innings a season with the Diamondbacks from 2004 through 2008. He won the NL Cy Young Award with a 16-8 record and a 3.10 ERA in 2006.
Webb tallied an 18-10 record in 2007 but finished second in the Cy Young balloting to San Diego’s Jake Peavy.
The next year, Webb posted a career-high in wins with 22 and had seven losses but lost to San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum in the Cy Young balloting.
In 2009, Webb was diagnosed with right shoulder bursitis and underwent a season-ending surgery. Despite the injury, the Diamondbacks picked up Webb’s $8.5 million option for 2010.
Webb became a free agent and agreed to a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers and pitched for Double-A Frisco, allowing five runs on eight hits, struck out two, walked two and hit a batter in 3 1/3 innings.
However, Webb underwent a second right rotator cuff surgery in 2011 that would sideline him until the start of the 2012 season.