Pablo Sandoval's 2019 season is over.
The Giants infielder will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the team announced Saturday.
The Giants announced that Pablo Sandoval will have Tommy John surgery the first week of September. Terrible news for a guy who resurrected his career. He had said for a couple of weeks that he felt his elbow was in really bad shape.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) August 24, 2019
Pablo Sandoval was evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Dr. ElAttrache recommends that Sandoval undergo UCL reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. Sandoval will have the procedure done the first week of September.#SFGiants— SFGiants (@SFGiants) August 24, 2019
The surgery is set to take place the first week of September.
Sandoval has been on the injured list since Aug. 9 as he dealt with inflammation in his elbow.
Sandoval has been dealing with bone chips in his right elbow since 2011, and had a cortisone shot on Aug. 11 to try to relieve the pain.
News of the surgery is a devastating blow for Sandoval, who had turned his career around and became one of the Giants' most reliable hitters this season. In 107 games, Sandoval slashed .269/.314/.509 with 23 doubles, 14 homers and 41 RBI.
While the surgery could keep Sandoval out for the entire 2020 season, there is one bit of hope. Early last September, the Angels announced that two-way star Shohei Ohtani needed Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. While Ohtani hasn't been able to pitch, he has served as the Angels' designated hitter this season.
So, if Sandoval's recovery goes well, it's possible that the impending free agent could serve as a DH for an AL team or a pinch-hitter for a NL team.