GLENDALE — The
Freddy Sanchez, a Burbank High graduate and former Glendale Community College standout who helped San Francisco win the World Series last season, underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday in Arizona.
The former All-Star and
"From what we hear, the surgery went well," San Francisco Manager
Sanchez, a second baseman, played 60 games this season after signing a one-year extension just after the season began. He batted .289 (69 for 239) with three home runs and 24 runs batted in. He recorded 15 doubles and scored 21 runs. He also had a .988 fielding percentage, to go along with a .332 on-base percentage and a .397 slugging percentage.
Sanchez, who has been felled by injuries throughout his 10-year career, attempted to rehabilitate his latest injury. However, he recently opted to have the surgery and begin trying to make a complete recovery in time for the 2012 season. It marked the second time Sanchez has had season-ending surgery, the first coming in 2007 when he was hampered by another injury to his right shoulder.
Sanchez, who was acquired by the Giants from the
"As each day went by, we knew the chances [of Sanchez playing again this season] were diminishing," Bochy told the San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday. "It's at a point where we have to make a decision to make sure he's ready for next year."
Anticipating Sanchez, 33, not returning, San Francisco General Manager
Sanchez is the second San Francisco starter to undergo season-ending surgery this season. The Giants, who entered Wednesday game tied for first place in the National League's West Division with the Arizona Diamondbacks, lost star catcher
Sanchez missed all of spring training and the first 38 games of the 2010 season after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder in late 2009. He missed a portion of the 2009 season with a strained left shoulder.