As he continued to languish on the disabled list since the beginning of the 2012 season while trying to return from right shoulder surgery and a subsequent back ailment, the prognosis seemed to become increasingly dim for
Any remaining hope of seeing Sanchez on the field this season was snuffed out for good when it was reported on Thursday that the former Burbank High and Glendale Community College standout underwent season-ending back surgery.
"We still remain optimistic that we can have him," Giants Manager
Chris Haft of mlb.com reported on the Giants' official website that Sanchez underwent a procedure to remove part of a disc from his back on Thursday, while numerous other outlets, including
CSNBayArea.com's Andrew Baggarly reported the surgery went as planned.
Either way, the latest setback for Sanchez likely spells the end of his career with the Giants, which included a
Sanchez is currently in his final season under contract with the Giants, who signed him to a one-year, $6 million extension in April, 2011.
Less than two months later, Sanchez was lost for 2011 when he dislocated his right shoulder while diving for a batted ball in a game against the
Since being acquired by the Giants in a midseason trade in 2009, Sanchez, a three-time All-Star and the 2006
He earned a place in Giants lore, though, by helping the Giants win their first title since 1954 and the first in San Francisco. He distinguished himself in postseason history by becoming the first player to record doubles in his first three World Series at-bats.