Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis announces retirement

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays infielder Maicer Izturis is retiring after 11 big league seasons.

The 35-year-old, in Toronto's spring training camp with a minor league contract, announced his decision during a news conference Friday.

Hindered by injuries in recent years, Izturis had not appeared in a big-league game since April 2014. He had left knee surgery in 2014 and shoulder surgery last year.

He re-signed with the Blue Jays in January, agreeing to a deal that would have given him a $900,000, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster.