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Former MLB pitcher and outfielder Rick Ankiel confirmed on Monday he plans on training for a potential return to baseball in 2019.Prior to the St. Louis Cardinals' game against the Miami Marlins on Fox Sports Midwest Taijuan Walker Jersey , Ankiel said he is looking to come back as a reliever:FOX Sports Midwest FSMidwestMajor announcement from TheeRickAnkiel: He planning a comeback as a relief pitcher for the 2019 season! #STLCards eXNuLQHHS5In announcing his decision, Ankiel said his pitching approach will be a good fit for the current trends in baseball."When you take a look at baseball, the game has swung back around to my style of pitching," he said. "We talk about the big curveball, the fastballs up, so I feel like why not come back as a lefty reliever and put one more chapter on the book."Ankiel was the runner-up for National League Rookie of the Year in 2000 http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/au...nke-jersey , when he finished11-7 with a 3.50 ERA in 31 appearances. However, that year's postseason proved disastrous for Ankiel, as he walked 11 batters in four innings. In Game 1 of the National League Division Series, he threw five wild pitches in one inning.The 39-year-old Ankiel hasn't appeared in an MLB game since June 8, 2013.He played in 45 games that year between spells with the Houston Astros and New York Mets.The left-hander already defied the odds when he successfully transitioned to an outfield role. Upon moving to the outfield in 2007, he played seven seasons in the big leagues Brad Boxberger Jersey ,batting.242 with 74 home runs and 242 RBI.If Ankiel can successfully reinvent himself once, nobodyin 2019should be too surprised if he does it again. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes says he thinks he’ll be able to play at some point this season.Recovering from surgery on both heels, the New York Mets slugger told reporters through a translator at spring training Friday he is finally pain-free. He has been working out and plans to begin throwing next week, but there’s no timetable for when the 33-year-old left fielder will start running or hitting — and he’s not sure when he might return to the lineup.The team has said Cespedes is expected to be sidelined until at least July. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said this week he hopes Cespedes can contribute “late in the season.”The oft-injured Cespedes, who said he’s been frustrated and bored while recovering Daniel Descalso Jersey , has been limited to 119 games since signing a $110 million, four-year contract after the 2016 season.He had separate operations to remove calcification and bone spurs from both heels, the first last August and the second in late October.
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