Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Season Likely Over For Zaunbie Nation

Gregg Zaun, we hardly knew thee. Placed on the DL just a few short days ago, Zaun has found out that he has a labrum tear in his throwing shoulder. For those of you like me that don't know what that means, basically when you're 38-years old it means your career is over. Zaun is slightly a little more optimistic, saying he feels he has a "50/50" shot at returning, but the Brewers are preparing as if he'll be out for the season.

It's a tough situation for Zaun, as he was really looking forward to this season in Milwaukee as he finally got the chance to be a true number one catcher. Zaun will presumably still stay with the big league club, mentoring George Kottaras and Jonathan Lucroy along the way. In the meantime, Zaun will be getting paid $1.9 million for his rehab efforts this season. As for next year, he's on the books with a $2.25 option, or a $250,000 buyout. From the way it sounds, that buyout is going to have to be exercised.

As for the Brewers backstop the rest of this season, Melvin has said that he's not really going to go out and grab a veteran catcher in the trade market or otherwise. Instead, Kottaras will be the guy, with Jonathan Lucroy and possibly Angel Salome later in the season getting looks to see who will be the catcher of the future. Tough news for Zaun though, it just kind of makes you said that this injury happened to someone like him while that shithead Jason Kendall was able to play 150 some games in Milwaukee for two straight seasons without injury.


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