Sadly, it appears the career of former Cardinals reliever Troy Percival may be over.
The Rays have disabled him with shoulder trouble described as tendonitis. But it appears things are worse than they sound. According to reports out of Tampa, Percival has left the team to discuss the situation with his family in California and management believes it is likely he will retire.
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Fortunately for the Rays, another former Cardinals reliever has come off the DL to pick up the slack. Jason Isringhausen was activated last week.
Percival was 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA for the Cardinals in 2007. He didn't play in 2006 because of arm trouble. But, after more than a year of rest, the former Angels closer felt healthy and had the itch to play again. He was convinced to sign with St. Louis by his former Anaheim teammates Scott Spiezio, Adam Kennedy and David Eckstein...
In 2008 Percival moved on to Tampa where he had a chance to close and he saved 28 games in 2008 and had six under his belt so far this year. If his career is over it will end with 358 saves, a 3.17 ERA and a lifetime average of 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
I was very impressed not only with Pervical's on field performance when he joined the team. He made the rest of the bullpen better by mentoring the young guys and pushing the veterans. Percival was only a Cardinal for a brief time. But he distinguished himself in a short stint in the same way that Larry Walker and Will Clark did while wearing the red.
A tip of the cap to Troy Percival.