Atlanta Braves pitcher Bruce Sutter admitted that his chances of ever pitching again are remote because of a severely torn rotator cuff, but he said he is not ready to announce his retirement.
“There’s probably a 99.9% chance I won’t be able to pitch again,” said Sutter, who last year became only the third relief pitcher in baseball history to record 300 saves. Sutter said he would rest his arm for three to four months and then decide whether to undergo surgery on the shoulder, which was operated on three times previously.
“I wouldn’t anticipate that he would play any more baseball,” team physician Dr. Robert Wells said.
But Atlanta General Manager Bobby Cox said: “Bruce is not going to retire. We’re not going to release him.”