Jason Giambi hoping to return for 19th MLB season

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Jason Giambi is batting .241/.380/.329 with one home run in 100 plate appearances this season for the Rockies and just spent over a month on the disabled list with a viral infection. But he apparently hasn’t been discouraged.

According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, the 41-year-old impending free agent told reporters on Saturday that he plans to return in 2013 for his 19th major league season.

“If somebody wants me,” Giambi joked.

The Rockies need to do some rebuilding and seem likely to move on, but Giambi might be able to attract interest back in the American League as a part-time DH and bench bat if he is willing to accept a one-year deal worth close to the major league minimum.

He’s a .281/.404/.523 career hitter with 429 career home runs.

George Springer leaves game after being hit by a pitch

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George Springer has been a dynamo out of the leadoff spot for the high-powered Astros this year, hitting 21 homers and driving in 46. He also leads the league in leadoff homers. Today, however, his leadoff appearance was short and ignominious.

Facing Jesse Hahn and the A’s in the Oakland Coliseum for a matinee, Springer was hit in the left hand on the game’s fifth pitch. Watch:

He went down to the dirt and was attended to by trainers before leaving the game. On the way off the field he threw his helmet in disgust. Oftentimes that sort of frustration comes from a player who knows he’s injured. How serious an injury is unknown at the moment. We’ll keep you posted.

Jake Marisnick pinch ran for Springer and came around to score. The Astros lead the A’s 2-0.

Adrian Gonzalez might retire after his contract is up if his back isn’t any better

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Despite dealing with back trouble for five years, Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers recently made his first ever trip to the disabled list. Then he made another trip there. All of it has him contemplating his future. As he tells Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, his baseball future may be a short one if his health doesn’t improve:

“I want to get back this year to help the team and for me to be healthy,” Gonzalez said. “But I’m thinking more long-term about being able to play more years.

“Because if I have to deal with this next year again? That’ll probably be it. My contract will be over, that’ll probably be it. I won’t play any more. If I can heal it and my body feels good? Now I can go out there and do the things I can do. Then I’ll keep playing.”

Backs are one of those things that don’t get better as you get older. At least not without a lot of work and effort and good luck. Gonzalez is 35 now, so he’ll need all of that to keep playing beyond his current deal.