Reds’ Joe Rijo Considering Retiring
CINCINNATI (AP) _ Jose Rijo is having more elbow problems, forcing him to consider retirement after a remarkable two-year comeback with the Cincinnati Reds.
The 38-year-old right-hander has not fully recovered from surgery in March to remove a bone chip from the right elbow, his sixth operation since 1995. He is feeling pain in a different part of the elbow now.
Rijo said Dr. James Andrews has told him another operation isn’t an option, leaving him two choices _ to pitch with the pain or retire. Rijo plans to see Andrews, then decide whether to retire.
``We’ll just wait and see,″ Rijo said. ``I’ve been preparing for (retirement) for six or seven years. It’s not really bad news for me anymore.
``I have to get my mind into this coming back thing or try to look for something else to do.″
He was MVP of the Reds’ 1990 World Series sweep of Oakland. Rijo had the first of his elbow operations in 1995, when Andrews replaced a calcified ligament.
He needed four more operations and didn’t pitch again until 2001, when he made one final comeback attempt and won a spot in the bullpen. Last season, he went 5-4 with a 5.14 ERA in nine starts and 22 relief appearances.
Rijo showed up for spring training on a minor league contract and had pain in the elbow resulting from the bone chip. He stayed in Florida when the Reds started the season, and has been working out at the team’s complex in Sarasota, Fla., and at his baseball complex in the Dominican Republic.
Rijo showed up to watch the Reds’ interleague series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He has a working agreement with the Reds to use his baseball academy in the Dominican.