OAKLAND, Calif., June 18 (UPI) -- Oakland Athletics right-hander Steve Karsay announced his retirement after Sunday's 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In his 11-year major league career, the 33-year-old Karsay had a 32-39 record, 41 saves and a 4.01 ERA in 603 1/3 innings, mostly in relief. He made 40 starts and pitched in 357 games.
"Two weeks after I got here, it crossed my mind," Karsay said of his retirement on Oakland's Web site. "I thought hard about it. I've seen my stuff diminish working every day. It became a grind to come to the park and get loose. It weighed so much on me, I decided this was the time."
Karsay underwent shoulder surgery in 2003, and said he never completely recovered. He stayed at the request of General Manager Billy Beane, who is in Germany attending World Cup Soccer.
Karsay was the winning pitcher in Saturday night's 5-4, 17-inning win over the Dodgers.