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35 Dontrelle Willis SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/232 | Birthdate: 1/12/1982 | Birthplace: Oakland, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Milwaukee | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Dontrelle Willis ends comeback attempt with Brewers, opts to retire


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said pitcher Dontrelle Willis has decided to retire, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Roenicke said Willis, who was in camp on a minor-league deal, said the physical toll of attempting a comeback was just too much for the veteran left-handed pitcher.

The 33-year-old Willis hadn't pitched in the majors since 2011 with the Reds. Willis was part of the Giants organization last spring until he was released in April. He pitched in the independent Atlantic League for two starts and made two relief appearances for Triple-A Fresno last season. 

He went 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA over nine MLB seasons. He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003 with the Marlins and was a two-time All-Star.


Dontrelle Willis scratched from Brewers' start with neck soreness


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Brewers lefthander Dontrelle Willis was scratched from a scheduled appearance on Saturday with neck stiffness, according to a report by MLB.com's Adam McCalvy

"He's a little upset; he wanted to get out there," manager Ron Roenicke said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "They've been working on him all morning. Hopefully we can get it loosened up. I don't know if he can come back tomorrow or the next day. Kranny (pitching coach Rick Kranitz) talked to him for quite a while this morning."


Brewers' Dontrelle Willis making a good impression in camp


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Brewers pitcher Dontrelle Willis has made a favorable impression during camp, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

In particular, Willis has impressed manager Ron Roenicke. "He's got a great attitude," Roenicke said. "The things he said are exactly what you want a player to say. He gets it." Willis has also made a strong impression on his new teammates.

Willis, 33, has not pitched in the majors since 2011. He's attempting to make a come back with the Brewers this spring. 


Dontrelle Willis inks minor-league deal with Brewers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Two-time All-Star pitcher Dontrelle Willis will attempt another major-league comeback, as he agreed to a minor-league deal with the Brewers on Wednesday. His contract includes an invite to major-league spring training.

The 33-year-old Willis hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 with the Reds. Although, he worked out for a bunch of scouts Tuesday, according to Crasnick.

"I feel like a rookie,'' Willis said. "This is very humbling. It's going to seem surreal until I see my name on a uniform in spring training. I just can't believe it.''

Willis was part of the Giants organization last spring until he was released in April. He pitched in the independent Atlantic League for two starts and made two relief appearances for Triple-A Fresno last season. 

He is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA over nine MLB seasons. He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003.


Giants part ways with Dontrelle Willis


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) The Giants released pitcher Dontrelle Willis .

Willis suffered an arm injury in his most recent start with Triple-A Fresno, and it could be the one that ends the career of the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year. He allowed no runs while recording two outs in his two appearances with Fresno.


Dontrelle Willis exits Triple-A outing with apparent forearm injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Giants pitcher Dontrelle Willis was fourced out of his outing at Triple-A Fresno on Sunday with an apparent arm injury. He declined to talk to the media after the game. Fresno manager Bob Mariano indicated that Willis may have suffered a forearm injury, the Fresno Bee reports.

Dontrelle Willis undergoes MRI on neck


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Giants pitcher Dontrelle Willis was sent to have an MRI after feeling something pinching in his neck, but the results of the test are not yet known, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Willis is in minor-league camp with the Giants after agreeing to a deal in January. He went 5-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 87 2/3 innings with Long Island of the independent Atlantic League as well as 2-1 with a 6.43 ERA in 21 innings with Triple-A Salt Lake last season.


Giants, Dontrelle Willis agree to minor-league deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) The Giants and pitcher Dontrelle Willis have agreed to a minor-league deal, MLB.com reports. The team will evaluate Willis and determine in which role he fits best.

Out of the majors since 2011, Willis, the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year, is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 6.6 K/9 rate and 3.7 BB/9 rate in 1,221 2/3 career innings. He went 5-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 87 2/3 innings with Long Island of the independent Atlantic League as well as 2-1 with a 6.43 ERA in 21 innings with Triple-A Salt Lake.


Angels sign Dontrelle Willis to minor-league deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) The Angels signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a minor-league deal Sunday, MLB.com reports.

Willis spent this season with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. He owned a 2.56 ERA in his 14 starts with Long Island. The left-hander is expected to report to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Dontrelle Willis signs with independent league team


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2013) Dontrelle Willis has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, ESPN.com reports.

Willis joins Vladimir Guerrero as former high-profile major leaguers to sign with the Ducks in the past week. Willis last appeared in the majors in 2011 with Cincinnati, where he posted a 5.00 ERA in 75.2 innings. He pitched just four professional games last season at Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles system before he was released.


Cubs release Dontrelle Willis


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2013) The Cubs released left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis, according to the Chicago Tribune. Willis made just seven pitches in his only spring-training appearance before being removed with shoulder tightness.

The 2003 National League Rookie of the Year, Willis last pitched in the majors in 2011, making 13 starts for the Reds.


Willis feeling pain-free


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2013) Cubs pitcher Dontrelle Willis said Friday he is no longer experiencing tightness in his left shoulder after being removed from his first Cactus League appearance earlier this week, CSN Chicago reports. Willis left last Monday's game against the Dodgers after facing just one batter, which went for a walk, but has since resumed his normal throwing schedule. The 31-year-old is expected to open the upcoming season with Triple-A Iowa.

Willis dealing with shoulder issue


(2/25/2013) Cubs pitcher Dontrelle Willis made his first appearance of the spring on Monday against the Dodgers but it did not last long. He walked the only batter he faced before leaving due to tightness in his shoulder. The bullpen would allow the inherited runner to score and Willis ended up with the loss in the 7-6 defeat. “It’s frustrating,” Willis told MLB.com. “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.”

D-Train re-united with Cubs


(1/4/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the Cubs signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a minor-league contract on Friday. Willis was drafted by Chicago in 2000.