As expected, the Giants announced last night that Freddy Sanchez will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.
He hasn’t played since June 10, but the Giants delayed a decision on surgery because Sanchez showed that he was able to hit reasonably well through the injury. He wasn’t able to successfully throw through the pain, however, and now the goal is to have the 33-year-old second baseman healthy for spring training.
As part of an extension signed on April 1 he’s under contract for $6 million next year, but by the time Opening Day rolls around Sanchez will have missed nearly 50 percent of the Giants’ games since they acquired him from the Pirates in mid-2009. Despite all that missed time general manager Brian Sabean signed him to not one but two contract extensions since the trade.
Because the Giants knew Sanchez was unlikely to play again this season they sent a pair of minor leaguers to the Astros for Jeff Keppinger, who’s started 10 straight games at second base.
Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson recently underwent surgery on his right shoulder. The hope was that it would be a routine procedure, but it ended up being more invasive than expected as he needed a labrum repair. Brewers GM David Stearns said Nelson will likely miss “a chunk” of the 2018 season.
Nelson, 28, ended his 2017 campaign with a 12-6 record, a 3.49 ERA, and a 199/48 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings. He is a big reason why the Brewers are still in contention in the NL Central and in the NL Wild Card race.
Nelson is under team control through 2020, so the Brewers don’t have any pressure to rush him back. The club should know more about his timetable in the offseason.
The Padres announced on Wednesday that the club signed pitcher Clayton Richard to a contract extension through the 2019 season. It’s a two-year, $6 million deal, per MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell.
Executive VP and GM A.J. Preller said, “Clayton has been a steadying presence in our rotation, both on and off the field. He has provided veteran leadership for our young ball club, and his tireless work ethic sets the standard among his peers. We’re extremely excited to have him in a Padres uniform for two more years.”
Richard, 34, is tied for the league lead in losses at 14. Along with that, he has a 4.82 ERA with a 136/55 K/BB ratio in 185 innings. The lefty earned $1.75 million in 2017 and was eligible to become a free agent after the season.