Kelvim Escobar has not pitched since 2009 due to a series of shoulder problems, but the right hander is one step closer to completing a comeback with the news of a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.
— kelvim escobar (@kelvimescobar) January 10, 2013
Loosely translated: “Good afternoon, I want to share with you this good news …. I just signed with the @ Brewers # MLB contract for 1 year”
Adam McCalvy, who covers the Brewers at MLB.com, confirmed Escobar’s news via Twitter. The deal is of the minor league variety, but includes an invitation to spring training. Escobar last pitched for the Anaheim Angels in 2009, making just one start after missing the entire 2008 season. The 36-year old pitched very well in 2007, finishing with an 18-7 record to go along with a 3.40 ERA, 3.39 FIP, 4.09 xFIP, and 160 strikeouts in 195.2 innings.
Escobar’s last comeback attempt in 2010 with the New York Mets came up short when it was discovered he required surgery for a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder.