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Ex-New York Yankees pitcher Scott Proctor retires

05/21/2013 12:33 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Scott Proctor pitched for the Yankees from 2004-07 and again in 2011.(AP)
Former Yankees reliever Scott Proctor has decided to retire from baseball.

According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, Proctor, now 36, made the decision on Monday, roughly three weeks after being released by Baltimore. Proctor had signed a Minor League deal with San Francisco over the winter, but was traded to the Orioles organization on March 29 and recorded a 8.59 ERA in six appearances (7.1 innings) at Triple-A Norfolk before being released on April 27.

Proctor leaves baseball with an 18-16 record, 4.78 ERA and one save in 307 appearances.

A fifth-round pick of the Dodgers in 1998, Proctor was traded to the Yankees (along with Bubba Crosby) at the 2003 trade deadline for Robin Ventura, and spent parts of five seasons in pinstripes, making his Major League debut in 2004 at age 27.

Proctor was a workhorse in Joe Torre’s bullpen from 2004-07, posting a 4.30 ERA over 190 appearances (including his lone MLB start) and pitching 226.1 innings in that stretch before being traded back to the Dodgers for Wilson Betemit at the 2007 deadline. His best season in that span was 2006, when he was 6-4 with a 3.52 ERA and one save and pitched a career-high 102.1 innings over an American League-high 83 appearances.

The righty spent time with the Dodgers (2007-08), Marlins (2009, missed due to injury), and Braves (2010-11) before his release from Atlanta brought him back to the Bronx for a second stint; re-signed by the Yankees in August 2011, Proctor went 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in eight appearances down the stretch, and his last Major League pitch was Evan Longoria’s famous home run on Sept. 28, 2011 that helped Tampa Bay secure the AL Wild Card.

Proctor did not pitch in 2012 before signing with San Francisco last winter.

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