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Casey Blake to undergo season-ending neck surgery

Sep 1, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

Casey Blake

Casey Blake, who spoke recently about possibly retiring if his neck injury doesn’t improve, will undergo season-ending surgery next week.

Blake had been playing regularly since returning from his third disabled list stint of the season on July 30, hitting .274 with four doubles in 19 games, but called the pinched nerve in his neck “pretty serious” and has apparently continued to have discomfort.

Blake is in the final season of a three-year, $17.5 million contract and the Dodgers will choose a $1.25 million buyout rather than their $6 million option for 2012, making him a free agent. The only question now is whether he’ll call it quits or attempt a comeback at age 38 on a one-year deal.

  1. tribester - Sep 1, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    I’ve always had a soft spot for him (although I also had a soft spot for Ryan Garko and we see how that turned out). I hope he sticks it out, if he’s healthy enough, mostly because I’m really curious about who would pick him up.

  2. cup0pizza - Sep 2, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    Garbage player, but a nice guy.

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