Lefty Hendrickson announces retirement

Veteran pitcher exploring other options in Major League Baseball

Lefty Hendrickson announces retirement

SARASOTA, Fla.-- Veteran pitcher Mark Hendrickson announced on Tuesday he's retired from baseball as a player. The 40-year-old -- a non-roster invitee with the O's this spring -- will explore other options, including remaining with Baltimore in another role.

"It'd be something I'd be interested in this year, yeah," said Hendrickson, who arranged a conference call with the Orioles' media to break the news. "To me, the big question [is], 'What does it really look like?' And I think that's something that's a little bit of an unknown. Coaching, front office, advisor role, lot of different things."

Hendrickson played 10 years in Major League Baseball, the last three (2009-11) with the O's. The lefty reinvented himself as a sidearm pitcher in 2013, signed with the O's and advanced as high as Triple-A Norfolk. He spent last season pitching for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League, where he posted a 1.54 ERA over 52 2/3 innings.

Hendrickson, who was released by the O's on March 16, went 58-74 with a career 5.03 ERA in 328 big league games (166 starts).

Hendrickson has also played professional basketball in the NBA, and he didn't rule out trying a third sport, noting that golf was always an option.

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