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?