Jul 25, 2010, 10:38 AM EST
Veteran catcher Brad Ausmus told Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles on Saturday that he intends to retire at the end of the 2010 season.
“This year is it,” Ausmus said.
The 41-year-old inked a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Dodgers in the offseason and was also given a $1 million mutual option for 2011. That option, of course, will not be exercised.
Ausmus suffered a back injury during the regular season’s opening week and played his first game since April 8 on Saturday night. He’s 2-for-8 on the year with a double and an RBI. Known mostly for his defense, the 17-year veteran collected three Gold Gloves and was named to the 1999 All-Star Game. He holds a .252/.325/.344 career batting line with 80 home runs and 1,567 total hits.
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