San Francisco Giants infielder Marco Scutaro underwent back surgery on Sunday that could potentially end his career.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Scutaro will rehab for four-to-six months before doctors determine whether he can continue playing baseball. The surgery was described as "a fusion of the L2 and L3 vertebrae in Scutaro’s lower back."
"You have to see how he responds from the surgery, and that’s months away," Sabean said.
Scutaro played in only five games in 2014 due to back problems, collecting one hit in 11 at-bats.
The 39-year-old is signed through 2015 and is due to make $6.7 million next season. Scutaro is a 13-year MLB veteran who has also played for the New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies. He was traded to San Francisco in July 2012.
In his last full season, Scutaro hit .297 with two home runs, 31 RBI and a .357 on-base percentage in 2013. He has a career .277 batting average and was the NLCS MVP in 2012.
- Molly Geary