Conor Jackson was the Orioles' final cut in spring training, losing out to Steve Pearce for the last bench spot on the 25-man roster. He figured to get back into the majors this summer. It was only a matter of time. Nine games into his Triple-A season, Jackson has decided to retire. Jackson informed team officials of his decision today, and the Norfolk Tides sent out a tweet confirming it. Outfielder Lew Ford has been promoted from Double-A Bowie to Norfolk as Jackson's replacement. Jackson was 5-for-25 with a double and two RBIs for the Tides. He batted .302/.327/.528 in 22 exhibition games, with three doubles, three homers and six RBIs. It was a nice comeback story for Jackson, 30, whose career nearly ended after he was diagnosed in 2009 with Valley Fever, a fungal disease caused by spores in the soil that's most common in the southwest and leads to fever, headaches, cough and muscle pain.