Ryan Franklin may not be ready for that farewell tour just yet.
Franklin told reporters on Friday afternoon that he has reconsidered his plan to retire following the 2011 season. Franklin has said for quite some time now that he expected to hang it up when his current contract ends, after the ’11 season. But after consulting with a number of people, including Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter, he re-opened the door to playing in 2012 and possibly beyond. It’s not a given that he will play after next year, but it’s no longer a given that he won’t, either.
“Re-thinking means it’s still going to be a family decision,” Franklin said. “If they say, ‘No daddy, we want you to stay home…’”
Franklin said the choice was unrelated to his trip home this week. The right-hander spent two days at his home in Oklahoma to tend to a personal matter. He was back in the clubhouse on Friday and is available to pitch.