Former Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden, who pitched a perfect game in 2010, told the San Francisco Chronicleon Tuesday that he is retiring from Major League Baseball after being unable to make a comeback following multiple shoulder surgeries.
"There is nothing left in there, it's just a shredded mess," Braden told the Chronicle. "I left my arm on the mound at the (Oakland) Coliseum, and I'm OK with that."
The left-handed Braden, 30, pitched the 19th perfect game in Major League history on May 9, 2010, Mother's Day, in a 4-0 Oakland victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Braden's mother, Jodie Atwood, died of cancer when he was a teenager, but his grandmother, Peggy Lindsey, was in attendance for his perfect game.
"That game will always define the one solid day of work I had and the fact that I got to share it with my grandmother, only a few people appreciate the magnitude of that," Braden told the Chronicle. "That was living the dream."
Braden had a record of 26-36 with a 4.16 ERA in five seasons, all with the A's. He last pitched in the Majors in 2011.
Braden pitched only 18 major-league innings after the 2010 season. He worked out this offseason trying to make a comeback, according to the Chronicle report. But after another setback, an MRI revealed that his shoulder was too damaged to repair.