Jeff Bagwell acknowledged Saturday what the Houston Astros told their insurance company weeks ago: The star first baseman is too hurt to play.
The multimillion-dollar question now is whether he’ll ever be able to return.
Bagwell said he would start the season on the disabled list and consult with a doctor to see if it would be beneficial to remove bone spurs from his shoulder.
“I may never play again,” he said. “It’s been 15 years with the Astros. I have to do what’s best for me, what’s best for the Astros and best for baseball.”
Bagwell, 37, spent the spring in a contentious battle with the team while he tried to prove he could still play.
The Astros filed an insurance claim in January to recoup about $15.6 million of the $17 million Bagwell is guaranteed this season in the final year of his contract.
Barry Bonds was scratched from the San Francisco Giants’ lineup for an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox because of a strained left elbow.
Giant trainer Stan Conte stressed the move was strictly a precaution for the seven-time National League most valuable player.
“He took a swing in [batting practice] today and felt a twinge in his left elbow,” Conte said. “We’re going to evaluate it as the day goes on.”