Originally written March 10, 2013 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
If Kelvim Escobar is going to successfully complete his comeback attempt he's going to do it with a team other than the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers announced Sunday they've unconditionally released the 36-year-old after he appeared in just one spring training game. Escobar was forced to leave last Sunday's spring training game against the Cubs after just two-thirds of an inning due to a loss of strength in his right hand. He later told reporters that he had a pinched nerve in his right hand. Milwaukee took a flyer on the former 18-game winner this offseason, giving him a chance to return to baseball after pitching in just one game since 2007 due to lingering shoulder injuries. After going 18-7 with a 3.40 ERA in 2007 for the Angels, Escobar injured his shoulder in spring training the following year and had season-ending surgery. Escobar spent the beginning of 2009 in the minor leagues, but returned to make one start on Jun. 6, 2009. During the five innings he pitched against Detroit that night, Escobar hurt his shoulder again and needed another surgery. He signed with the Mets in the offseason, but tore the capsule in his right shoulder before he even through a pitch. Escobar has been out of baseball since, but reappeared in the Venezuelan Winter League, impressing scouts and the Brewers enough to give him a minor league deal. Between his latest injury and where he sat on the depth chart, Escobar was a long shot to make the Opening Day roster. He took to Twitter and tweeted in Spanish that it was bad news that the Brewers released him, but said he won't give up the fight to return to the big leagues. In 12 big league seasons with the Blue Jays and Angels, Escobar went 101-91 with a 4.15 ERA in 1,507 innings. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.
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