Marco Scutaro needs back surgery, career may be over

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Marco Scutaro missed all but 13 games this year due to back problems and now the Giants infielder has undergone surgery to fuse vertebrae in his lower back.

General manager Brian Sabean indicated that Scutaro’s recovery timetable is 4-6 months and Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News writes that “it’s too soon to know if Scutaro will ever take the field again.”

Scutaro has had a helluva career considering he didn’t even debut in the majors until age 26 and didn’t become a regular until age 28. One of the best contact hitters around, he’s got a career .277 batting average with a .729 OPS in 1,391 games.

He’s under contract for $6 million in 2015 as part of a three-year, $20 million deal signed after winning NLCS MVP honors for the Giants in 2012.