On Monday, the Atlanta Braves quietly acknowledged that pitcher Brandon McCarthy was being shut down for the rest season. McCarthy has been out injured with tendinitis of the knee since June, and has been trying to work his way back to the big leagues, but Braves manager Brian Snitker said there just wasn't enough time to get him in shape, so he's done for the year.
In August, he announced that he would retire, saying that if he planned on playing another season he would have opted for surgery on his knee, rather than rehab. At 35-years-old, and 13 years in the big leagues, it seems like he felt it was time to bid his adieu.
Congratulations, Brandon. It's been an extremely, very... nice career.