J.T. Stotts "Un-Retiring"

Reserve infielder JT Stotts has rejoined the Thunder after announcing his retirement on May 3. Stotts was officially reactivated by the Thunder on Sunday. Neither Stotts or manager Bill Masse would give an exact reason for Stotts reconsideration of his retirement.

Stotts had been told he was being promoted to Triple A Columbus a few hours before he announced his retirement last week, and said that was one of the reasons he made the choices he made. "I was told I was going to Triple-A and I probably assumed some things that made me believe that wasn't the best move for me and that's why I chose to retire as fast as I did. I knew I still wanted to play the game, though." said the twenty-five year old Stotts.

It was this desire to continue to play that led Stotts to reconsider his retirement decision and rejoin the Thunder. "I made a rash decision and I wasn't ready to make that decision. I thought I might regret it. I knew I still wanted to play." said Stotts. Stotts says two days after making the decision to announce his retirement he knew he wanted to come back and continue to play. At that point, he called Yankees Minor League boss Mark Newman and Trenton manager Bill Masse to check on his status. Stotts praised the way his manager handled the situation. "I called Newman and Masse to see where I was at. Masse was a former player so he was great. He understands that I'm not in an easy situation as a utility man." He would go on to say that the clubhouse atmosphere was as though he never left. "The guys welcome you back, It's tough being a utility guy when you're not playing everyday but I decided to stick it out." said Stotts.

Masse praised Stotts and said he believes the role of a utility man might have worn on Stotts a little. "I think JT was caught in a situation and as a utility guy I think he was a little frustrated not playing everyday. But he wanted to get back and we're glad to have him." said the Thunder manager.

For all intensive purposes, Stotts is not on the Yankees prospect radar to any degree at all, but he will be an able stand-in for prospects Eric Duncan, Andy Cannizaro, and Gabe Lopez when they need a day off as Stotts can play any infield position respectably.

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