March 4, 2016 10:46 am

Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis announces retirement at spring training

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Maicer Izturis, top, forces out Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman, bottom, at second base then turns the double play to get Braves catcher Evan Gattis at first during third inning interleague baseball action in Toronto on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette


Toronto Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis, who signed a minor league contract with the team earlier this year, has announced his retirement, the club confirmed via Twitter on Friday.

The 35-year-old has not appeared in a Major League Baseball game since April 13, 2014, while recovering from left knee surgery in 2014 and shoulder surgery in 2015.

Izturis had signed a one-year $900,000 contract on Jan. 29 with an invite to spring training.

The switch hitter has a .269 career big league batting average with 39 homers and 334 RBIs with Montreal (2004), the Los Angeles Angels (2005-12) and Toronto (2013-14).

-With a file from The Associated Press

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