Fox Sports reports that Troy Percival is contemplating a comeback. Percival officially retired at the beginning of the 2007 season and signed a contract to work 50 minor league games as a roving special assignment pitching instructor, but so far I haven’t heard of him showing up anywhere. Doesn’t mean he hasn’t, I’m just saying I haven’t heard of any appearances.
UPDATE 5/17/2007 7:30 PM PDT — Matt Hurst of the Riverside Press-Enterprise posted this entry on his blog at 3:45 PM today:
Today is the day that Troy Percival, the Angels’ all-time saves leader is supposed to decide whether he’s coming back to pitch in the majors again. I called his agent, Paul Cohen, as I did yesterday when I first got wind of this, and Cohen made it sound like Percival is going to give it a go.
"I spoke with him today," Cohen said. "He was going to go to UCR to throw a ‘pen."
Cohen had not heard how Percival’s bullpen session went at UC Riverside, where he went to school and where he worked this offseason to re-build the clubhouse. The definitive answer will come later tonight, but when I asked Cohen if everything went well in the bullpen, would that be the definitive answer to Percival returning?
"I think, probably," Cohen said. "This would be the second day in a row (throwing). We’re navigating new waters."
Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said he had not spoken with Percival yet, so he would not make a comment.