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After starting the 2010 campaign with no hits in his first 21 at-bats, Gregg Zaun hit .333 for the Brewers over the next 81 at-bats to raise his average to .265 before tearing the labrum in his shoulder. ((Jeff Gross/Getty Images) )

Gregg Zaun isn't ready to become a catcher-turned full-time baseball analyst just yet.

The one-time Toronto Blue Jays backstop is closing in on a free-agent contract with the San Diego Padres at age 39, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Zaun's season ended in May with a torn labrum in the front of his right shoulder that had the Glendale, Calif., native pondering retirement.

Zaun, who works as an analyst for Sportsnet during the playoffs, started the 2010 campaign with no hits in his first 21 at-bats. But he hit .333 over the next 81 at-bats to raise his average to .265 before the injury.

The switch-hitting catcher made good contact, striking out only 12 times in 117 plate appearances.

In 16 seasons, Zaun has hit .252 with 88 home runs and 446 runs batted in.

Nick Hundley is the Padres' starting catcher, so Zaun will compete for a backup role with Rob Johnson and Guillermo Quiroz.

The downside to Zaun's game is his ability to throw out would-be base stealers. He has nailed just 24 per cent of runners, a success rate that has fallen in recent years and probably won't improve following his recent injury.

Zaun first hurt the shoulder in a collision at home plate with Washington's Ian Desmond in mid-April and played through pain until the second inning of a May 20 contest at Pittsburgh, when his right hand slipped off the bat on a swinging strike.

Despite feeling his shoulder pop out of its socket and slam back into place, Zaun continued the at-bat and knocked in a run before exiting.