Former Phillies leftfielder Pat Burrell, the first overall pick in the 1998 draft, is going to retire, according to a report on MLBTradeRumors.com.
Burrell, 35, has a severe foot injury and was a free agent this offseason after spending last year with his hometown San Francisco Giants.
"I talked to him last fall and his foot was killing him," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Monday night at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association dinner. "He had a bad arch and trouble with his heel. It got to the point where he actually couldn't play defense or run. I think that was the big reason."