New York Yankees RP Chad Bettis announces his retirement

Caption: Jul 16, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chad Bettis (35) pitches in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees will join the rest of the MLB world in beginning the 2020 season within the next month. Unfortunately, New York will not have one player on the field that it signed during the winter.

Longtime Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis announces retirement

The 31-year-old reliever made the announcement on Thursday, citing health as a reason.

“Today I am walking away from the game with my head held high, knowing that I pushed my body as far as it could go physically,” Bettis said, via Nick Groke of The Athletic.

An original second-round pick of the Colorado Rockies back in 2010, Bettis signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in February. It was not yet known whether he’d make the team.

The veteran has struggled big time in recent years. Last season saw Bettis pitch to a 6.08 ERA and 1.56 WHIP while boasting a 1-6 record. His best season came back in 2016 when the Texas Tech product put up a 14-8 record in 32 starts. Bettis finishes his career having posted a 31-31 record with a 5.12 ERA in 164 games (92 starts).