California Angels'star Reggie Jackson, who has been sidelined most of spring training with separate calf injuries, said, "If I wasn't making the money I am, I'd retire."
"It gets to be no fun," Jackson said, sitting near his locker at the team's Palm Springs training camp. "I feel worthless. The team is counting on me and I can't even suit up. The frustration is ridiculous. I can't even make a rational statement. I can't even think."
Jackson felt a tightness in his left calf shortly after reporting to camp. He limited his pre-exhibition work, batted four times in the first three games, then sat out another week when the condition returned.
Finally believing he was ready to play again, Jackson batted twice as a designated hitter in the Angels' Saturday game with Milwaukee, returned to the hotel thinking his legs felt fine, then reported back to work Sunday with a similar strain in his right calf. There is no indication as to when he'll play again.
"This is why I'll eventually have to retire," said Jackson, 37. "I'll be strong enough physically to go on, but my legs and the mental frustration of dealing with them will drive me out."