Reliever Ryan O’Rourke announced his retirement on Twitter on Monday night.
O’Rourke, 32, debuted in the majors with the Twins in 2015, logging 47 innings of work in ’15-16. He wouldn’t make it back to the majors until May 1 last year. Joey Votto was the first batter he faced and struck out. O’Rourke would make only two total appearances for the Mets before going back to the minors.
All told, O’Rourke logged 48 1/3 innings in the majors with a 4.84 ERA, 49 strikeouts, and 28 walks across parts of three seasons in a five-year span.
In his message on Twitter, O’Rourke poetically wrote, “Baseball takes you in, chews you up, and then decides when it is done with you. Baseball made it clear it’s done with me but we will forever be ‘strung’ together.”