Zaun Has Torn Labrum, Could Retire

Gregg Zaun has a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, and may retire if the injury persists, according to's Adam McCalvy. Zaun says there's a 50-50 chance he plays this season. We'll know more in two to four weeks, when doctors re-evaluate Zaun's shoulder.

The Brewers currently have catchers Jonathan Lucroy and George Kottaras on their active roster. Lucroy has appeared in two big league games and Kottaras has appeared in 67, so it would not be a surprise to see the Brewers pursue a veteran catcher. Lucroy, who is a highly-regarded prospect, made his big league debut last Friday. Baseball America said Lucroy "projects as a good offensive threat for a catcher" when they ranked him fifth among Brewers prospects before the season. Kottaras has a respectable .238/.357/.442 line in 182 big league plate appearances.

If the Brewers decide to look outside the organization for catching depth, they could call free agent Shawn Riggans, ask the Rockies about Paul Phillips or ask the Phillies about Paul Hoover.

15 Responses to Zaun Has Torn Labrum, Could Retire Leave a Reply

  1. jdub220 5 years ago

    Wow, that sucks for Zaun.

  2. AisoRed 5 years ago

    Wow, this season is really sucking.

  3. brewersfan729 5 years ago

    How are any of those listed options better than what we have?

  4. Tom R 5 years ago

    Mike Napoli for McGehee. Get it done Reagins.

  5. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    I hate the Brewers and all of their players, but I hate to see anyone go done with a potential career ending injury. Best of luck to you Gregg.

  6. shockey12 5 years ago

    John Buck anyone?

  7. ELPinchy 5 years ago

    What would you like to trade for a Vmart rental?

  8. Remember when he had trouble throwing it back to the pitcher on 3 straight pitches? I wonder if he’s had that problem since then.

  9. Douchenkrantz 5 years ago

    Well at least Zauner can replace Mulliniks (senile) or Tabler (bisexual) as the color guy for the Blue Jays.

    • Yankees420 5 years ago

      I realize that douche is right there in your name, but you’re really trying to bash on someone for their sexuality? Really?

      • Douchenkrantz 5 years ago

        They’re going to need the jaws of life to unbunch the panties from your crack.

  10. damnitsderek 5 years ago

    The Brewers are floundering right now and have little to no chance of making the playoffs. Why not just play Lucroy and Kottaras? Trading for a veteran for half a season when you’re finishing in or around the cellar doesn’t make a ton of sense.

    • AisoRed 5 years ago

      That’s what Melvin is going to do right now. The Chicago White Sox supposedly are listening to offers for veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, but Melvin doesn’t want to give up what it would take to land him.

      • damnitsderek 5 years ago

        I hope Melvin is smart enough to realize how terrible of an idea it would be to actually trade prospect for Pierzynski at this point.

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