Ex-Giant Burrell: 'I don't think I can play anymore'

November 10, 2011, 10:47 pm
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Pat Burrell, who played a key role in the Giants' 2010 World Championship run, told the Associated Press' Janie McCauley Thursday that his career is likely over.

"I don't think I can play anymore. It hurts me to say that," Burrell was quoted. He cited his lingering foot injury as the main reason; Burrell missed significant time in 2011 with a bone spur in his right foot.

Burrell's career looked to be nearing its end when the Tampa Bay Rays designated him for assignment after 24 games in 2010. But on May 29, he signed a minor-league contract with the Giants, and after five games with the Triple-A Grizzlies, Burrell was reinstated as a major leaguer.

After hitting just two home runs in his 24 games with the Rays prior to being designated, Burrell returned to the Bay Area -- where he went to high school -- and went on to hit 18 home runs in 96 games with the Giants.

He enamored himself to Giants fans after a month with the team when he hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to beat the Dodgers 2-1 on July 31.

His 2010 World Series performance was one to forget; Burrell struck out nine times in 11 at bats and went hitless.

Burrell, 35, was much less productive in 2011, when he knocked out seven home runs in 92 games.

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