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... In Ausmus' typically understated way, his so-called "announcement'' was nothing more than an answer to a reporter's question. It came immediately after he played in his first game in more than three months, catching the first 12 innings of the 13-inning marathon four days after being activated from the 60-day disabled list.
"This year is it,'' Ausmus said.
Ausmus had played in just one previous game this season, on April 8 at Pittsburgh. He went onto the 15-day DL with back soreness two days later and learned shortly thereafter that he would need a surgical procedure that would sideline him for at least three months, leading to questions of why the seldom-used, 41-year-old backup to Russell Martin didn't just retire immediately instead of going through a grueling rehabilitation process in what everyone assumed would be his final season as a player anyway.
Ausmus' answer then was the same as it is now.
"I signed a contract,'' he reiterated on Saturday. "It was my job to get back on the field and do it as quickly as possible, hopefully without having any setbacks.''