Ryan Wagner, a former Reds pitcher and first-round pick of the team (14th overall) in the 2003 first-year player draft who was involved in the infamous Kearns/Lopez/Wagner for Majewski/Bray/Daryl Thompson/Royce Clayton/Brendan Harris trade of 2006, has announced his retirement.
From the story:
The 26-year old spent parts of the 2006 and ’07 season with the Nationals, compiling a 3-5 record with a 5.05 ERA in 40 games.
This season with the Chiefs, Wagner was 0-0 with a 6.11 ERA and two saves in 13 games for Syracuse. In his last four games, he allowed nine earned runs in six innings.
In June of 2007, Wagner has season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
“It was shocking because he worked so hard to come back from that surgery,” manager Manny Acta said. “Only he knows what he’s doing, but you put in all that hard work to come back from the surgery and then retire, it’s kind of shocking.”
Oddly, it hasn’t been a good week for first-round picks of the 2003 first-year player draft. Wagner retired, Rickie Weeks (Pick No. 2) found out he’s done for the season, Brian N. Anderson (No. 15) and Carlos Quentin (No. 29) are both banged-up for the White Sox … same with the Orioles’ Adam Jones (No. 37) and the Diamondbacks Conor Jackson (No. 19). OMGRandom.