Eric Chavez: I’ve pondered retirement but would like to keep playing

Oakland Athletics infielder Eric Chavez tells the San Francisco Chronicle he has "pondered" retirement because of multiple injuries but hasn’t made up his mind.

Chavez says in an e-mail to Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser that he wants to return to action this season. He is on the disabled list because of bulging disks in his neck. Chavez played in 33 games, mostly as a DH, before going on the DL.

"It would mean the world to me to be in uniform when the season ends," Chavez says. "Either way, I’ll be in Oakland one way or the other, to come back and play, or to say goodbye."

The A’s are not expected to exercise their $12.5 million option on Chavez for 2011, so Chavez may need to continue his career elsewhere — health permitting.

"I still would love to play this game, whether or not I can and whether or not my body can go through any more is yet to be determined," he says.
 

Oakland Athletics infielder Eric Chavez tells the San Francisco Chronicle he has "pondered" retirement because of multiple injuries but hasn’t made up his mind.

Chavez says in an e-mail to Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser that he wants to return to action this season. He is on the disabled list because of bulging disks in his neck. Chavez played in 33 games, mostly as a DH, before going on the DL.

"It would mean the world to me to be in uniform when the season ends," Chavez says. "Either way, I’ll be in Oakland one way or the other, to come back and play, or to say goodbye."

The A’s are not expected to exercise their $12.5 million option on Chavez for 2011, so Chavez may need to continue his career elsewhere — health permitting.

"I still would love to play this game, whether or not I can and whether or not my body can go through any more is yet to be determined," he says.
 

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