Veteran relief pitcher Kelvim Escobar knew his chances of making the Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day roster were slim to none, but he still wanted to give it a shot hoping for the best.
The 36-year-old’s dreams of returning to Major League Baseball took a dive when the Brewers elected to release the 12-year player. It is an unfortunate situation for Escobar, but it is absolutely the right decision by Milwaukee. Escobar has had too many shoulder surgeries over the years and his arm simply did not look good when he showed up to camp. Even though he understood this, he still wanted to throw hard and give it everything he had.
“I understand the business side. I’ve been around this game for a long time, and I know, first of all, there’s a lot of good young arms in here,” Escobar told MLB.com. “Good young pitching that came to camp and [has] thrown the ball well.
“At the same time, when I first got here, they didn’t like the way my shoulder looked on the MRI. It seems like everything would need to be perfect for me to make this team. Even if I was pitching, it was going to be tough.”
Escobar has not pitched in a Major League game since 2009. He made only one start that year in which he surrendered two earned runs on five hits in the loss. Escobar has not seen any significant action since 2007 when he started 30 games for the Los Angeles Angels.
At this point, it is hard to imagine another big league team taking a chance on him after what happened with the Brewers, but there always seems to be someone willing to take a gamble in baseball. If Escobar is unable to sign with another MLB organization then he will most likely move to Mexico where there are several teams willing to give him an everyday role.
Escobar has a career 101-91 record with a 4.15 earned run average, 1,310 strikeouts, 611 walks and 59 saves in 411 contests including 202 starts and 10 complete games.