The Minnesota Twins were awaiting the return of shortstop Jason Bartlett from the disabled list, but that return will not happen. Rather than completing his rehab assignment and rejoining the Twins, Bartlett has decided to retire as a player. Robert Falkoff of MLB.com reported Saturday that Bartlett has decided to end his rehab early and begin the paperwork that would officially end his career. Bartlett will then make a formal announcement.
Bartlett was on the disabled list and rehabbing from a sprained ankle during extended Spring Training. He had played in three games before getting hurt as he attempted to come back from missing all of 2013 and most of 2012 with knee problems.
Falkoff quotes Twins manager Ron Gardenhire describing Bartlett's loss of passion for the game. Gardenhire said Bartlett "doesn't have that little drive he needs to get back in it." Meanwhile, general manager Rob Antony believes that Barlett would make a good coach, and Bartlett has expressed interest in doing so.
In his career, Bartlett, age 34, hit .270/.336/.366 with 31 HR and 286 RBI in 892 games in ten seasons. He was a Twin from 2004-2007, a Ray from 2008-2010, and a Padre from 2011-2012. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Twins in November. He was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts in his three games to start this season.
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