Sandoval to have season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery

Sat Aug 24 8:09pm ET
AP Baseball Writer

Players: Pablo Sandoval

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval will undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow, and he became emotional at the thought of not playing again for retiring manager Bruce Bochy.

Sandoval will undergo surgery the first week of September in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who evaluated the 2012 World Series MVP on Wednesday and determined he needed the procedure on his ulnar collateral ligament.

The 33-year-old Sandoval resurrected his career during a second stint with the Giants, used in various roles by Bochy. Sandoval, on the injured list retroactive to Aug. 11 with inflammation in the elbow, was batting .269 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs in 107 games.

While Sandoval is set to become a free agent, San Francisco athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said the club's longtime strong relationship with Sandoval makes it a case in which the Giants will monitor Sandoval's progress and get him set up with physical therapists in the Miami area where he spends the offseason.

If Sandoval can somehow do it, Bochy would like to get him one more at-bat before the surgery - and Sandoval smiled at the idea, then fought tears as he discussed Bochy's influence as a ''father figure.''

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