Concerned that his surgically repaired right shoulder wouldn't hold up all season, catcher Gregg Zaun decided to retire after a 16-year...
PEORIA, Ariz. — Concerned that his surgically repaired right shoulder wouldn’t hold up all season, catcher Gregg Zaun decided to retire after a 16-year big league career that included a World Series championship.
The 39-year-old Zaun, in the San Diego Padres’ spring camp on a minor-league contract, caught his first game Sunday since a June 15 operation to repair the labrum in his throwing shoulder.
“I feel great but my arm is a question mark,” Zaun said Monday. “I feel like my health would have been a concern for me all year long. I would have spent another year in the training room all year long and that’s not baseball to me. I still have a romantic image of the game in my head, but my body’s telling me it’s time to quit.”
Zaun was competing for a job backing up Nick Hundley.
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After Sunday’s game, Zaun said he was pleased with his physical progress but was concerned about his shoulder’s stamina and wasn’t sure when he would be ready to play.
“I’m not Pudge (Ivan Rodriguez) or Carlton Fisk or one of the game’s great catchers, but I do have a certain amount of expectation when it comes to my level of play,” Zaun said. “I didn’t think based on what I’ve felt and seen so far that I would be ready to catch every day by opening day if something happened to Nick.”
Zaun hit .265 with two homers and 14 runs batted in 28 games with the Milwaukee Brewers last season. He had surgery for a tear in his right shoulder last June.
He made his major-league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 1995 and played for nine teams. Zaun had a .252 career average with 88 homers and won a World Series title with the Florida Marlins in 1997.
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