Astros prospect and 2009 18th-Round pick J.B. MacDonald, 2009 NYPL All-Star and guest columnist for the Danvers Herald (where he had written on March 25 that he was working on getting his arm into shape) has retired from baseball. Says MacDonald, in the Herald:
I developed tendonitis in my rotator cuff, and so I haven’t been able to throw at all recently. On top of that, I decided to retire from baseball [April 6], and therefore I will be heading back to Danvers to find a job.
I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and finally decided to move on with my life.
I understand there are a lot of people, who would kill to do this, but it’s not for me. This was 100 percent my decision, and I am proud of it.
Also, it had nothing to do with my shoulder. I just decided this is not what I want to do with my life, and I needed to make this decision.
MacDonald was slated to start 2010 at Lexington. Best of luck to him.