Going out a winner priority for Renteria

Going out a winner priority for Renteria

SAN FRANCISCO -- Fifteen years ago, Edgar Renteria burst onto the scene as a hot-shot rookie shortstop with Florida, finishing second in the 1996 National League Rookie of the Year Award voting.

A year later, he etched his name into baseball lore with a game-winning hit in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series.

Now, as the 34-year-old Renteria battles his latest bump in an injury-filled year -- a completely torn left biceps, which occurred in Game 2 of the NL Division Series against Atlanta -- there have been published reports about Renteria considering retirement following the season.

On Tuesday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he had spoken with Renteria regarding the shortstop's future, but opted to keep the conversations private. Still, Bochy said he appreciates what Renteria has done in his past two seasons with San Francisco, and knows Renteria would like to go out the same way he came in -- as a winner.

"We did talk about what his plans are, and it's been a tough year for him with the injuries," Bochy said. "I will say through all those, he's worked hard to get back to helping us. And, of course, the bicep situation came up. But he's worked through that. And he feels great right now. He's been through it.

"I can't tell you what his plans are, but I will say he wants to go out winning. That's the type of player he is. He's got a ring. He's done something we all would dream of doing, and that's get a base hit to win the World Series. I know, having been there, he'd like to get there again."