Former Oakland Athletics’ left-hander Dallas Braden, who threw a perfect game for the A’s against the Tampa Bay Rays on Mother’s Day in 2010, is retiring, according to a report.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday that Braden, 30, had been planning to showcase his arm in a comeback attempt before suffering another setback with his injured shoulder.
“There is nothing left in there, it’s just a shredded mess,” Braden said of his shoulder. “I left my arm on the mound at the Coliseum and I’m OK with that.”
Braden was 26-36 five seasons with Oakland, last pitched in 2011. He had a 4.16 ERA and 1.325 WHIP in 491.1 innings with 305 strikeouts.
He attended Stagg High School in Stockton and was drafted in the 24th round by the A’s in 2004 out of Texas Tech University. He made his major-league debut in April 2007.
Braden went 11-14 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.157 WHIP in 30 starts and 192.2 innings in 2010, striking out 113, but ran into arm troubles the following year.
An MRI showed he had too much damage in his shoulder to repair.
“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.”
Braden’s two shutouts in 2010 tied for the American League lead and his perfect game was the 19th in major-league history.