Jason Bartlett began the season on the Twins' 25-man roster but was placed on the disabled list with an ankle injury. Now, he's reportedly ready to retire from professional baseball.
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Jason Bartlett’s comeback appears to be over.
According to multiple reports, Bartlett has informed the Minnesota Twins that he is retiring. The 34-year-old utility infielder began the season on the Twins’ 25-man roster but was placed on the disabled list with an ankle injury. He missed the entire 2013 season with an injury but was hoping to stick around with Minnesota.
Bartlett spent his first four seasons in the majors with the Twins before playing for Tampa Bay and San Diego. He signed a minor-league deal with Minnesota this offseason and broke camp with the team despite just four hits all spring. In the three games he played this season, he was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.
During his 10-year career, Bartlett batted .270 with 31 home runs, 123 stolen bases and 286 RBI. He was originally drafted by the Padres in the 13th round in 2001 and was acquired by the Twins via a trade in 2002. Bartlett made his major-league debut with Minnesota in 2004 and batted .272 in his first four seasons with the Twins.