Brian Giles Comeback Ends

Brian Giles' told the Dodgers when he signed on that if his gimpy knee didn't come around, he would call it quits. The knee didn't and he did, making the announcement just a month after signing. That leaves the race for the left-handed bat off the bench in the hands of Garrett Anderson and Doug Mientkiewicz.

Giles said he made the decision after running the bases in the game against Colorado. It was the only time in his brief, two-game career that he had reached base. After walking and running the bases, he found out the knee wasn't 100 percent.

He briefly conferred with general manager Ned Colletti in preparing for his decision. He said he had no regrets.

But Colletti did.

He said he was sorry that Giles didn't have a chance to play for the Dodgers, but he knew that he would not stay if he was not 100%.

Giles, one of the premier hitters in the National League, was able to play less than a third of the season after suffering a contusion too his knee. He didn't play again after that.

He finishes a glittering career that concluded with a career .291 average over 1,847 games, 1,897 hits, 411 doubles, 278 home runs, 1,078 runs batted in, an even .400 on-base percentage and two all-star selections.

A 17th-round pick in the 1989 First-Year Player Draft by Cleveland, Giles played with the Indians in 1995, then four years with Pittsburgh and six seasons with San Diego.

"I really have no regrets. I played the game hard, respected the game.," Giles told Tom Singer of "I wish I was still physically able to be part of this team, it just didn't work out."

Giles' will re-visit camp next week when the Dodgers and manager Joe Torre return from their Taiwan tour to thank the Dodgers manager for giving him a chance.

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