Now, the 39-year-old veteran is contemplating the possible end of his career.
"I'm not in a situation anymore where I need to play. I don't need to play. I don't need to play Major League Baseball to validate myself as a person," Zaun told the Associated Press on Wednesday. "Do I want to play? That's a different story. It's too uncertain to tell. I'm really upset about having surgery and my season being over."
Zaun, who signed with Milwaukee as a free agent this offseason for $1.9 million, said his goodbyes to teammates and members of the Brewers' organization on Wednesday night at Miller Park before the team's game against the Chicago Cubs. He now has a summer of rehabilitation ahead of him and he said he is hopeful he can be back to full strength by December.
Zaun's current contract includes a $2.25 million option for 2011 with a $250,000 buyout, but Zaun said he remains undecided about playing and that he may try his hand at broadcasting if his playing days are indeed over.
"My goal for the whole situation is I want to be ready to throw to bases before Christmas," Zaun told the Associated Press. "I want to be ready to go to spring training 100 percent healed, healthy and know that my arm's in shape.
"If I don't believe in my brain, in my heart that I could catch four or five days in a row if I had to for a ballclub, then I'm not even going to sign with a ballclub. I might, might be ready for the next stage of my career."
When he went on the DL, Zaun was batting .265 with two home runs and 14 runs batted in. A 16-year big league veteran, Zaun is a career .252 hitter with 88 homers and 446 RBIs.
Freddy Sanchez (Glendale Community College, 1998) San Francisco Giants infielder: One of the hottest hitters in baseball at the moment, Sanchez finally encountered a rough stretch Wednesday. The former Burbank High standout went hitless in five plate appearances in San Francisco's 6-3 road loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday evening.