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Oft-injured Wilson thinks about retirement

Oft-injured Wilson thinks about retirement

SEATTLE -- After spending the past decade as one of baseball's most consistent shortstops, repeated injuries aren't easy for Jack Wilson to deal with.

Wilson found himself on the 15-day disabled list after feeling a strain behind his right knee on May 5 against the Rays, and he pulled his right hamstring during an at-bat with Double-A West Tennessee on a rehab assignment May 15, leaving his return further in doubt.

"There's nothing I can do to stay positive right now, absolutely nothing," he said. "I have my family here, and that's nice, but there's nothing you can do. You can't help your team. Being here is tough because you want to cheer them on, but at the same time you can't really do anything."

Manager Don Wakamatsu said there's no timetable for Wilson's recovery, and he'll likely need another rehab start before coming back. Entering this year, Wilson had logged the sixth-highest total of games among shortstops since 2001, but bouts with injury caused him to miss 131 games in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

That has left Wilson feeling in the dumps, and said in a matter-of-fact manner Saturday that his career may be nearing its end.

"This is when you actually look at your career and if it's going to last too much longer," he said. "In reality, there's nothing more that I can do. If it ends up pulling, there's nothing you can do about it. You're out two weeks every time you do it."

Wilson said he's on a regular treatment schedule with team trainers and doing lots of stretching, resting and icing to try to get healthy. But he has come to terms with the fact that his hamstrings aren't what they used to be.

"Anyone who's on the DL, and who has been on the DL as much as I have since I've been over here, is going to feel like absolute crap," he said. "You spend most of your career on the field, and ever since I've been here, I've played a quarter of the games, maybe a fifth. That's not really my style."

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