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Dontrelle Willis lasts seven pitches in MLB comeback

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07:51 PM ET 02.26 | His career went into a tailspin back in 2008 when he lost his command and went from being a dominant pitcher to the guy who has a funny wind up. But Dontrelle Willis is trying to get his career back on track with the Chicago Cubs, however that comeback took a major step back when Willis managed to only fire off seven pitches before he was forced to leave the Cubs' Spring Training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Willis walked the lead-off hitter and then delivered just one pitch to Brian Barden before waving over the medical staff who determined Willis was suffering from shoulder tightness. The Cubs medical staff will re-evaluate Willis' shoulder and determine whether or not it was indeed shoulder tightness or if it was something else. Willis was originally drafted by the Cubs out of high school in 2000. He was traded to the then-Florida Marlins and burst onto the scene in 2003 with a Rookie of the Year award.

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February 26, 2013  11:31 PM ET

you bet CW. Les Les Les Can the Cubs ever get serious?

February 27, 2013  09:54 PM ET

A bittersweet career if there ever was one.

February 27, 2013  11:25 PM ET

I feel bad for D-Train.

I bet it's better to be in my shoes (never advanced past HS baseball) than to be in Willis' (had a SHORT taste of MLB dominance, only to fade into complete mediocrity in about a half second flat) in the long run.

At least I'm not aware of what my life could've been like, had I possessed the necessary skill set to play in the Bigs. Dontrelle knows. And he knows he's never gonna see it again.

Sad.

 
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