Veteran left-hander Dontrelle Willis is in minor league camp with no realistic chance of making the Cubs, but he seemed happy to be around a major league clubhouse with the organization he grew up in more than a decade ago.
The Cubs brought Willis to Camelback Ranch on Monday in case they ran out of pitchers, and sure enough, Willis got a chance to pitch in the eighth inning of a tie game with the Dodgers.
Seven pitches later, Willis was yanked with shoulder tightness and charged with the loss in a 7-6 Dodgers victory.
The 31-year-old last pitched in the majors with the Reds in 2011 and has battled injuries for years. He announced his retirement last summer while playing in the Orioles system but decided to give it one more shot.
"A mild setback, I guess," Willis said. "Hopefully it's nothing serious and I don't miss a lot of time. … Probably just fatigue.
"It's frustrating. I worked hard to get back and get into a groove, and this happens. I'll overcome it. I've done it before. Just go back to the drawing board."
Another setback for Cubs' Dontrelle Willis in comeback attempt
Chicago Tribune | Feb 26