Reliever Takashi Saito, 40, feared several times this season that shoulder problems would end his career. Now that the season is over, and his shoulder is improving, he’s not sure. He’ll be a free agent.
“I don’t have a certain answer yet,” Saito said with a member of the Japanese media interpreting. “But I don’t have a definite feeling of ‘I’m quitting.’ I’m still thinking….I still believe I can pitch.”
Saito, who turns 41 in February, has played five seasons in the majors with the Braves, Red Sox and Dodgers. He appeared in 56 games this season for the Braves, putting up a 2.83 ERA with 69 strikeouts in 54 innings. He served as one of their primary set-up men until shoulder tendinitis cut his season short in September.