Douglas high school graduate Shawn Estes was cut by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. It's a move that may spell the end of his 12-year career.
Estes was a non-roster invitee to the Dodgers Spring Training camp. He was one of a handful of pitchers in competition for the fifth starter spot in the Dodgers' rotation.
He had an unremarkable spring, finishing with a 8.44 ERA in five exhibition games. He allowed 19 hits in 10 2/3 innings pitched, surrendering a .380 opponents batting average.
Estes was offered a spot to pitch for the Dodgers' AAA team in Albuquerque, but he's considering his options.
He announced at the beginning of camp that he would retire if he did not make the major league team. But he's softened that stance a bit. Even at 36 years old, he says that his arm is feeling better than it has in years. He's hoping to catch on with another major league team.
Estes is a 12-year MLB veteran who won 15 games as recently as 2004 with the Rockies. He also won a career-high 19 games with the San Francisco Giants back in 1997. He's racked up a 101-93 major league record, with 1210 career strikeouts and a 4.71 career ERA.
Estes was a 1991 graduate of Douglas high school in Minden, Nevada. He hurled four no-hitters at the high school level and earned Nevada High School Player of the Year honors as a senior.