It was not a good start for the D-Train. Dontrelle Willis' comeback attempt was de-railed yesterday when he had to leave his spring debut. The Chicago Cubs' pitcher threw seven pitches before having to leave the game withs holder fatigue.
Carie Muskat of MLB.com says Willis felt his shoulder tighten up, and when the trainer came out to check on him, it was decided that the safe move would be to yank Willis from the game. Willis is understandably frustrated by the shoulder fatigue. He had worked all offseason on getting himself game-ready, but his shoulder just couldn't hold up in the game.
“It’s frustrating,” Willis said. “I worked real hard to get back and finally get in a groove and this happens. I’ll overcome it. I’ve done it before. Just go back to the drawing board.”
Willis is attempting a comeback after officially announcing his retirement in July of last year. Willis had worked on regaining some of what made him such a magical player in Florida for years, but he simply couldn't put it all together. He decided it was best to retire, but as it happens with many other players, the game called him back.
In his career, Willis has a 72-69 record and a 4.17 ERA. However, he also has two All-Star appearances, a Rookie of the Year award, and he finished second in Cy Young voting in 2005. He was once one of the best young pitchers in the game. Now, he is simply hoping to be able to pitch in the game.