San Francisco Giants second baseman
has undergone back surgery that could end his career.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean announced during a conference call Monday that Scutaro had the fusion procedure performed by surgeon Michael Wang in Miami on Friday to alleviate the troublesome area of his spine. It will be four to six months before doctors determine whether Scutaro can play baseball again.
The 39-year-old Scutaro, the 2012 NL Championship Series MVP, played in only five games last season because of recurring back problems. He is now resting at home and will soon begin the long rehabilitation program.
Scutaro has known he might need the operation in order to give him a quality of life even just in his day-to-day schedule off the baseball field.
"This is the type of thing, it's four to six months before we can know if baseball is possible," Sabean said.
The Pirates have won the rights to negotiate with South Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.
Pittsburgh has a 30-day window to sign the 27-year-old, who hit .354 with 39 homers last season for the Nexen Heroes while being named the MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization. If the Pirates reach an agreement with Kang, the Nexen Heroes would receive the posting fee for Kang's rights, reported to be $5,002,015 by Yonhap News Agency.
GOLF Temple junior Brandon Matthews shot a 2-under 70 on the final round to win the 2014 Dixie Amateur by 5 strokes in Coral Springs, Fla.
Matthews finished with a 10-under 278, besting Drew Czuchry, who finished with a 5-under 283. Monday's final round was held at TPC Eagle Trace. Temple senior Pat Ross finished tied for 15th overall with a 6-over 294.
HARNESS RACING For the fourth time in his Hall of Fame career, Jimmy Takter is the trainer of the year as voted upon by the members of the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Yannick Gingras, was voted driver of the year. He led all drivers in purses this season with more than $17 million.
ARENA FOOTBALL The Las Vegas Outlaws added 13 new players to the team's inaugural roster in the AFL expansion draft. One of the players, defensive end Julius Williams, was scooped up from the Soul in the fourth round.
- Staff and wire reports