Former Cardinals pitcher McClellan retires

Former Cardinals pitcher McClellan retires

ST. LOUIS -- Kyle McClellan, a member of the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship club, announced his retirement from professional baseball through a personal Facebook post Thursday following an unsuccessful attempt to return from shoulder surgery.

His Major League career spanned six seasons, the first five of which he played in his hometown of St. Louis. Used both as a starter and reliever, McClellan combined to go 19-24 with a 3.79 ERA in 268 appearances. The last seven appearances he made came with the Rangers in 2013.

McClellan's career was also dotted with injuries, however. He had both shoulders surgically repaired and then had to have another procedure to repair a labrum injury last November. He hoped to return to the mound as early as this past summer but the recovery didn't progress as expected. He wrote on Facebook that he received news Wednesday that his "shoulder was not going to get back to where I would be able to pitch at a high level again."

McClellan, 30, has used his recent time away from the mound to launch his Brace For Impact charity, which raises money to benefit the IDADEE Children's Home in Haiti. To boost his fundraising this past year, McClellan ran his first half-marathon.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.