Adrian Beltre's immediate future with the Seattle Mariners is totally dependent upon how much pain he can play in - the bone spurs that forced surgery a year ago have returned in his left shoulder.
"It's the same thing I had last year, bone spurs, only it's worse. I had x-rays yesterday and they've grown back, in the same place," Beltre said today. "I think they're worse this year.
"I'm going to need surgery, now or later. It's a matter of how long I can play with the pain."
The Gold Glove third baseman, in the final year of his contract - and considered a valuable entity as the trade deadline approaches - may now be untradeable.
"If I lift my arm, it's there. If I raise my arm over my head, it's there. If my swing raises my arm, it's there," Beltre said. "Any time I dive for a ball, the pain is there.
"I want to keep playing. I'm going to keep playing and see what happens."
Trainer Rick Griffin empathizes with Beltre.
"One of the dangers when you shave the bone down with bone spurs is they grow back. That's what happened," Griffin said.
"If he had surgery today, he wouldn't miss the whole season, but it wouldn't be a short rehab, either. Can he play through it? He couldn't the other day. We'll have to see.
It's Adrian's call."