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Gregg Zaun | Catcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (47) / 4/14/1971
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 170
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
Drafted: 1989 / Rd. 18 (0) / BAL

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Gregg Zaun has retired from baseball.
"The stamina just isn't there," Zaun told's Corey Brock on Monday morning. "The arm strength came back but it wouldn't last. After three innings yesterday, I was totally gassed. The amount of time for me to get ready to play at a high level... it just saps the fun out of it." The 39-year-old catcher will retire with a .252/.344/.388 career batting line and 878 career hits. Mon, Mar 7, 2011 11:34:00 AM

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Sportsnet expects Gregg Zaun to announce his retirement on Monday.

This news is somewhat surprising, as Zaun has been recovering nicely from shoulder surgery while pursuing the Padres' back-up catcher's job. He has been a serviceable performer for most of his career, compiling a .252/.344/.388 batting line and 88 home runs in 4,042 plate appearances.
Source: Sportsnet
Mon, Mar 7, 2011 04:01:00 AM

Gregg Zaun (shoulder) is aiming to play in a spring game within the next 10 days.

Zaun had a successful throwing session Monday and is making swift progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The veteran inked a minor league contract with the Padres in January and is likely to serve as Nick Hundley's backup this season.
Tue, Mar 1, 2011 12:12:00 PM

Gregg Zaun said that his surgically-repaired shoulder felt "great" in his first full day of camp Tuesday.

Zaun considered retirement after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum last June, but signed a minor league deal with the Padres last month. "I've got a lot of work ahead of me in the next month," said Zaun. "The last thing I want to worry about is babysitting. I'm not trying to be selfish, but I've got a lot on my plate right now. I have to worry about keeping my arm healthy and getting my shoulder ready." The veteran backstop still has to prove he's healthy, but he projects to be the backup catcher to Nick Hundley this season. He batted .265/.350/.392 with two home runs and 14 RBI over 117 plate appearances with the Brewers last season.
Tue, Feb 15, 2011 10:58:00 PM

Padres signed C Gregg Zaun to a minor league contract.

As expected. Zaun, who turns 40 in April, was batting .265/.350/.392 with two home runs and 14 RBI over 102 at-bats with the Brewers last season before undergoing shoulder surgery in June. Rob Johnson and Guillermo Quiroz will also compete for the backup catcher job behind Nick Hundley, but if healthy, the job should belong to Zaun.
Tue, Jan 18, 2011 03:27:00 PM

Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres are close to signing free agent catcher Gregg Zaun.

Zaun will have to battle Rob Johnson and Guillermo Quiroz this spring for the No. 2 job behind starting catcher Nick Hundley. It's not the most ideal situation for the 39-year-old veteran, but he will take what he can get after making just 102 at-bats last season for the Brewers and posting a .265/.350/.392 batting line, two home runs and 14 RBI while healthy.
Thu, Jan 13, 2011 06:16:00 PM

Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hears that the Cardinals are moving on from Gregg Zaun.

The Cardinals are in the market for a backup to Yadier Molina, but they have apparently expanded their search beyond Zaun. We know that the team has discussed signing Bengie Molina to back up his younger brother, but it's not known if he is interested.
Thu, Dec 9, 2010 12:48:00 PM

According to Yahoo's Tim Brown, the Cardinals and Mariners are interested in free agent Gregg Zaun.

Zaun would be in line for more playing time in Seattle, where he would likely share time with Adam Moore. The Cardinals are looking for a veteran backup that would give them a little more offense than the Jason LaRues and Gary Bennetts have provided, and Zaun would be a fit. Yadier Molina catches more innings than anyone, though, so he'd be riding the bench most of the time.
Mon, Dec 6, 2010 04:21:00 PM

During an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM, Gregg Zaun told Jim Bowden that his first choice is to sign with the Rays.

Zaun, who turns 40 next April, previously played with the Rays down the stretch during the 2009 season. He .265/.350/.392 with two home runs and 14 RBI in just 102 at-bats with the Brewers this past season and underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in June. The Rays already have Dioner Navarro (a likely non-tender candidate), John Jaso and Kelly Shoppach under team control for next season, so Zaun will probably have to look elsewhere.
Tue, Nov 9, 2010 05:12:00 PM

Brewers declined C Gregg Zaun's $2.25 million option for 2011.

Nothing surprising here, as Zaun is working his way back from season-ending shoulder surgery. He receives a $250,000 buyout from the club. The 39-year-old backstop batted .265/.350/.392 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 102 at-bats this past season.
Tue, Nov 2, 2010 05:23:00 PM

Gregg Zaun told Thursday that he plans to play in 2011.

Zaun underwent season-ending surgery on his shoulder in mid-June and will turn 40 at the beginning of next season, but he has not lost his drive. "I had my doubts when the injury occurred," the veteran catcher said Thursday. "Based on conversations with friends who’d had the same procedure, I was skeptical. Now, I am thinking that my arm might be better than ever."
Thu, Aug 26, 2010 04:06:00 PM

Gregg Zaun underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

Zaun underwent the procedure in Cincinnati under the direction of Reds medical director Tim Kremchek, who did a cleanup of Zaun's elbow in 2008. He will remain in Ohio to rehab the shoulder for the next several weeks. George Kottaras and Jonathan Lucroy are holding down the fort in Milwaukee.
Wed, Jun 16, 2010 08:54:00 PM

Gregg Zaun is scheduled to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

Zaun was diagnosed with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in late May and was promptly placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Brewers might as well place him on the 60-day disabled list now, because he won't be back for quite a while. George Kottaras is Milwaukee's starting catcher.
Wed, Jun 9, 2010 05:07:00 PM

Gregg Zaun has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and may be out for the rest of the season.

Zaun originally suffered the injury in April, but tried to play through it. He was finally placed on the 15-day disabled list last week and may hit the 60-day disabled list soon. George Kottaras will continue to draw the majority of starts behind the plate for the Brewers and Jonathan LuCroy will serve as the backup. The Brewers might explore the trade market for better options.
Wed, May 26, 2010 06:18:00 PM

Brewers placed C Gregg Zaun on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder.

Zaun originally injured the shoulder last month, but has tried to play through it. Interestingly, he is batting .325/.413/.550 in May compared to .226/.310/.290 in April. He's scheduled to be examined by team doctors in Milwaukee on Friday. George Kottaras should be the primary catcher until he is ready to return.
Fri, May 21, 2010 12:54:00 PM

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