Eric Hinske to retire after being released by Diamondbacks


June 15, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Eric Hinske (22) prior to the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Well this might be shocking news to many baseball fans but journeyman utility player Eric Hinske is expected to retire this is according to a report by Andrew Simon of  The news came down on Thursday as Hinske was released by the Diamondbacks and then designated for assignment to Triple-A Reno.

Hinske was just signed by the Diamondbacks this past offseason and was dropped off the 40 man roster last month. While Hinske was in Reno he did not do much as he went 1-for-18. It strikes the same cord of what he did in Arizona which is nothing. Let’s keep this mind Hinske is only 35-years-old. This season with the Diamondbacks, Hinske batted .173 with one home run in 58 plate appearances. Not so good numbers especially since he is a pinch hitting specialist.

Taking the place of Hinske’s spot on the roster is right handed pitcher Shawn Camp. Camp is 37-years-old and last pitched for the Chicago Cubs. With the Cubs this season, he had a 7.04 ERA in 26 appearances and eventually led to him being released by the team on July 7th.

What can Diamondback fans expect from Camp? Not a lot because right now he is in Triple-A Reno but if he can get his stuff together he could be able to help this team later in the season.