Montgomery Biscuits Loses Relief Pitcher to Retirement

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A relief pitcher for the Montgomery Biscuits voluntarily retired and left the team over the weekend.

Biscuits manager Billy Gardner said Jon Barratt had been thinking about his future with the Double-A team for a while.

Gardner said the 23-year-old told them he just didn't have the passion anymore.

Barratt struggled in four appearances in Montgomery's first two series of the year, allowing eight runs and seven hits in 32/3 innings.

The left-hander pitched in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday at Carolina.

He took the loss Friday after the Mudcats scored four runs off him in one-third of an inning. On Saturday, he gave up two runs in another third of an inning.

The Biscuits expect to add a pitcher for their next series at Tennessee.

The five-game series starts tonight.

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