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Former San Francisco Giants Pitchers Joe Martinez and Steve Edlefsen Retire

By Melissa Felkins

Feb. 24, 2013; Mesa, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Steve Edlefsen (65) throws during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Hohokam Park. The Cubs won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Two former pitchers for the San Francisco Giants have decided to hang up their cleats. Both Joe Martinez and Steve Edlefsen have retired, per Chris Cotillo.

Martinez may be best known for a concussion he received after being hit by a line drive in only his second MLB game. He recovered and returned to the Giants as a starter in early August before being optioned to Triple-A Fresno later that month. He pitched started one game in San Francisco in June 2010 to replace an injured Todd Wellemyer, but was sent back to the bullpen to make room for Madison Bumgarner. In July, Martinez was traded, along with John Bowker, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Javier Lopez.

Martinez will retired having played in 21 game in 4 seasons and posting a 5.82 ERA. He finished his season with the Cleveland Indians organization.

Steve Edlefen made his debut with the Giants on August 21, 2011 after Brian Wilson was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. Edlefen pitched just 27 games in his two year career, all with the Giants. He spent 2014 with the Fresno Grizzlies before coming a free agent. This year, he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers at spring training and was signed to a minor league contract. He posted an 11.88 ERA in 6 minor league games this season.