OAKLAND, CA - MAY 22: Freddy Sanchez #21 of the San Francisco Giants fields a ball hit by Coco Crisp of the Oakland Athletics in the first inning during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 22, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Freddy Sanchez's 2012 season has ended before it started. His career with the Giants, and perhaps as an active Major Leaguer, also could be over.
Sanchez, San Francisco's oft-injured second baseman, underwent surgery Thursday to have part of a disk removed from his back. The one-year, $6 million contract extension he received last year expires after this season. That, combined with the 34-year-old's health issues, makes it unlikely that the Giants will retain him.
The Giants acquired Sanchez in July of 2009 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-hander Tim Alderson. Over his three years with the club, the 34-year-old has maintained a line of .290/.333/.387.
Sanchez appeared in 60 games for the Giants last season, hitting at a clip of .289/.332/.397 with 19 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs. Over his 10 seasons in the bigs, he owns a career OPS of .748.
Is Sanchez's career over?