Rob Wooten seemed like he was on the verge of retiring after the 2019 season. The former Major Leaguer didn’t pitch in a game after May 29th when he threw 3.0 innings for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. After some rehab that didn’t go as well as he had hoped the now 34-year-old opted for surgery on his shoulder – the 4th arm surgery of his career.

But he announced earlier today that he would be giving it another go. On twitter he released this statement:

This past July, after my 4th major arm surgery, I all but retired in my mind. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go through the rigors of rehab once again. After 4 great months at home with my family and the support from them to continue, along with an amazing opportunity from the Cincinnati Reds organization, I have decided to give this one more shot. I love this game and want to be a part of it for the rest of my working career. Only God knows where this will lead but I’m more than excited and motivated to get to work. It’s been a frustrating 3 years with the injuries but I’ve also met so many amazing people within the Reds organization and can’t wait to spend a 4th year with the organization. The 4th year is the charm! See you in Spring Training. Let’s go Reds. #NeverGiveUp

In 2013 Rob Wooten made his Major League debut with the Milwaukee Brewers, posting a 3.90 ERA in 27 relief appearances. He would pitch in the Major Leagues in each of the next two seasons, two, though he wasn’t quite as successful in those years. He spent the 2016 season with the Braves in Triple-A and then signed with the Reds in 2017. Much like this past season – he last pitched in May before an injury cut short his season. He returned to the mound in 2018, but mostly on rehab with the Arizona League Reds where he spent a month in late June into July. He made one appearance in Triple-A on September 1st that season.

5 Responses

  1. MK

    Have all his surgeries been shoulder or is there an elbow or two in there too.

    • Doug Gray

      He’s had two Tommy John surgeries. I’m not sure what the other surgery was before the shoulder in July.

  2. Simon Cowell

    Good of the Reds to give him more time playing the game he loves. I guess ownership aren’t complete demons after all. I can’t see a single monetary upside to his signing.

  3. IndyRedsFan

    You’ve really got to admire the guy’s tenacity. The twitter post was pretty classy too.
    Wishing him all the best!