There's a chance Nori Aoki won't return to the field for the San Francisco Giants this season, but he hopes to have many more games to play for the club on the docket.
Aoki discovered while consulting a head injury specialist over the weekend that he is dealing with post-concussion symptoms related to a hit-by-pitch he took off his helmet in early August.
The outfielder's lingering concussion symptoms have significantly affected his play, and have forced him to sit out occasional games.
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With only a few weeks left in the season, Aoki could have potentially played his last game with the Giants if he doesn't return to the field this season, as his future with the team for next season relies upon a $5.5-million team option.
"I hope they pick it up because of the manager here and the players and staff," Aoki said. "I get along with everybody really well and I hope I'm back for next year. I want to compete for a championship here as well."
Even with his recent downturn, Aoki is hitting .287/.353/.380 with five home runs, 26 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 93 games.
He hopes he can continue to produce in Giant uniform in 2016.
"I really like the city of San Francisco and it's fun to play in front of sellout crowds," Aoki said. "I love playing in front of our fans. That's a main reason I want to come back here. It's a clean place. It's a great atmosphere. On off days, I have too many options. My family and I have to discuss what we will do that day."
(h/t San Jose Mercury News)