Adrian Gonzalez has been riddled by injuries throughout the 2017 season, a stark contrast for a player that built a reputation as one of baseball's most durable during an 11-year stretch that saw him play no less than 156 games each season.
Now, if the back problems that have plagued him this year persist, the five-time All-Star could call it a career when his contract ends after next season.
“I want to get back this year to help the team and for me to be healthy,” Gonzalez said. “But I’m thinking more long-term about being able to play more years.
“Because if I have to deal with this next year again? That’ll probably be it. My contract will be over, that’ll probably be it. I won’t play any more. If I can heal it and my body feels good? Now I can go out there and do the things I can do. Then I’ll keep playing.
“I want to be out there. I want to be out there playing. But I don’t want to be out there playing when I’m hurt.”
Gonzalez has made two separate trips to the disabled list in 2016 with elbow and back injuries. The 35-year-old is eyeing a potential July return from his latest DL stint, which stems from his ongoing back issues.
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