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07/11/08 9:23 PM ET
Torres mum on baseball future
Right-hander doesn't want to take spotlight from Brewers
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- If Salomon Torres' success as the Brewers' closer has helped him decide whether it's time to call it a career after this season, he isn't saying. At the same time, if his success has made him think about playing a few more years, he's mum on that point as well. As the 36-year-old Torres puts it, he would rather "focus on the 'now.'" "I'm concentrating on getting the job done," he said. "I think there are more important things to think about right now -- to try to get some games on the Cardinals and the Cubbies -- and I think that's more than enough for now. You cannot control tomorrow. "Either decision could affect the chemistry of what we have now. I'm not thinking about it. There's going to come a point where I have to address which route I'm going to take, and I might have made up my mind. I just don't want to let you know yet. "Either way that I tell you, it could create a topic to talk about, and I don't want that. I want this to be about the Brewers and our season and what we need to do to be in the postseason." Torres, in his 16th professional season, has already retired once, for three seasons from 1998-2000. He pitched in Korea in 2001 and was back in the big leagues with Pittsburgh beginning in 2002. His 354 appearances since 2004 lead the Majors. The Brewers acquired Torres in December after his relationship with Pirates officials had soured. He replaced Eric Gagne as the team's closer when Gagne suffered a right shoulder injury in May. Since Gagne went down, Torres is 14-for-15 in save chances, suffering his only blown save last week in Arizona. "Where would we be without him?" one Brewers coach asked earlier this month. "We'd be buried." Torres was asked the same question. "The way I see it, the Brewers did me a favor by getting me over here," he said. "I owe the Brewers and they don't owe me anything. I needed to come out of the situation I was in in Pittsburgh, and these people trusted me enough, believed in me enough, to give me a chance. I'm nobody to think about, 'Where would the team be without me here?'" Had he stayed in Pittsburgh, "with all the little distractions," Torres said, it could have been "a disaster." "It's nice to know that there are still people in this business that are loyal and honest and grateful," Torres said. "I want to do my best to please these people." He attributes a number of factors to his resurgence, including his health, the support of his family and his spirituality. "When things are good in your life, that can translate into a more relaxed player," Torres said. "There are a lot of little pieces here and there that allow me to enjoy baseball. The last couple of years, for various reasons, I was miserable. Now that I'm here, I'm stress-free and everything is working good so far. You can do a lot of good things in this game when you allow yourself to relax. "Right now, it's great," he said. "It's stress-free. I'm enjoying life."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.