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Neck injury could force Casey Blake into retirement

Aug 22, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

Casey Blake

Casey Blake‘s latest injury is a pinched nerve in his neck, which has caused him to miss four straight games, and the 37-year-old is thinking ahead to how it could impact his health long after retiring from baseball.

“Obviously, this neck thing is pretty serious,” Blake told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. “I want to be able to move my neck when I’m 50.

Blake has played just 58 of 126 games this season, posting a career-worst .704 OPS and spending three different stints on the disabled list.

He’ll be a free agent this offseason once the Dodgers decline their $6 million team option and Hernandez reports that Blake may be reconsidering retirement after previously saying he planned to play somewhere in 2012 because “doctors have warned him that his condition could worsen if he continues to play.”

  1. dodger88 - Aug 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Too bad, I quite like Blake and sure I wish we still had Carlos Santana but I liked the addition of Blake and considered him to be quite valuable to both the 2008 & 2009 teams.

  2. Sportsdrenched - Aug 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Followed Casey since his days at Wichita St. Hang it up and take care of yourself.

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