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.
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.