Eric Chavez Hopes To Avoid Retirement

MONDAY, 8:05am: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that Chavez emphasized he is not retiring.  He'll attempt to rehab his neck injury.  Chavez has a pair of bulging discs; Slusser has more in her May 22nd blog post.

SATURDAY, 2:09pm: The recent neck injury suffered by Eric Chavez may force him to retire, the A's slugger told Joe Stiglich of the Bay Area News Group (link goes to Twitter). 

However, in a follow-up tweet, Stiglich cautions that he has yet to hear from the team trainer and therefore it's hard to say if the injury is even season-ending.  Furthermore, Chavez says that he wants to return.  The longtime third baseman is hitting .234/.276/.333 in 123 plate apperances this season.

The 32-year-old is in the final year of a six-year, $66MM extension he agreed to in March of 2004.  Chavez will earn an additional $3MM when he is bought out of the 2011 season.   According to Baseball Reference, the California native has earned more than $75MM in his big league career.

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