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Injury might end catcher's career

MILWAUKEE — Brewers C Gregg Zaun is set for surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday, which will end his season and, possibly, his career.

"I'm not in a situation anymore where I need to play. I don't need to play Major League Baseball to validate myself as a person," Zaun, 38, said Wednesday. "Do I want to play? That's a different story. It's too uncertain to tell. I'm really upset about having surgery and my season being over."

Zaun was hurt in a plate collision in April but played through the pain until aggravating the injury while swinging the bat in May. He spent several weeks trying to rehab it before deciding on surgery on the torn labrum.

Zaun has played 16 years in the majors primarily as a backup catcher. He spent part of last season with the Rays last season and won a World Series with Florida in 1997.

"I'm pretty pleased with myself," he said. "I've got a World Series ring. I've done some fun things, some great moments."

Blue Jays: RHP Jesse Litsch, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2009, was activated from the DL. The graduate of St. Petersburg's Dixie Hollins High will replace LHP Brian Tallet in the rotation starting Sunday.

Cubs: 3B Aramis Ramirez went on the DL to rest his left thumb. He was hurt while swinging in May, and pain and swelling has lingered since.

Giants: OF Mark DeRosa, out since May 9, will have more tests on his left wrist to find out what's causing the numbness. His return remains unknown.

Orioles: RHP Jake Arrieta, one of the organization's top pitching prospects, will be called up to start tonight.

Rangers: OF Jake Skole, picked 15th overall on Monday, and C Kellin Deglan, picked 22nd, signed. Both will play for the team's affiliate in the Arizona rookie league, which starts June 21.

Rainouts: The Padres and Mets will play a day-night doubleheader today while no makeup was announced for the Phillies and Marlins.

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