It sounds as if right-hander Kevin Millwood, granted his release by the Red Sox on Sunday, will retire.
Speaking to Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times, Millwood said another team would have to call him quickly for him to take another shot at pitching in the big leagues.
"I’m not going to throw, play catch, or things like that," Millwood told McGair (via Dan Hoard). "Something is going to have to happen soon, but I’m not looking for that. I just thought it was time.”
Millwood had made 13 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket and was 5-1 with a 4.28 ERA.
Citing "several" sources, Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com reported Millwood cleared out his locker after Saturday's game in Pawtucket. He last pitched on Friday, going six innings and allowing four runs on eight hits in a no-decision against Buffalo.
"It wasn’t a shock," Pawtucket pitching coach Rich Sauveur told Hoard, the team's play-by-play broadcaster. "I was hoping he would stay with us for at least a few more games, but he felt that nothing was happening for him in Boston –- those were his exact words -– and he just said 'it’s time.'"
Millwood, 36, signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on May 19 after opting out of his contract with the Yankees on May 1. He started two games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees' Triple-A team and one for Double-A Trenton. Overall, he was 7-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 16 minor-league starts this season, striking out 76 and walking 31 in 89 2/3 innings.@cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.