This is certainly not the news Giants fans were hoping to hear during their postseason push. Pablo Sandoval hit the IL on Aug. 14 due to bone chips in his elbow, and it looks like he will not be coming back in 2019.
The Giants announced that Sandoval will undergo Tommy John surgery in the first week of September, putting an end to the 33-year-old's campaign.
Sandoval being forced to miss the rest of the season does more than remove a valuable asset from the Giants' lineup. The 12-year veteran has spent 10 seasons in San Francisco, playing under manager Bruce Bochy, who is in his final season with the club.
Sandoval's injury will cause him to miss the stretch run of Bochy's farewell tour, something we're certain he was very proud to have been apart of, but obviously would prefer to finish out the season.
The beloved infielder is now forced to hang up the cleats on a comeback campaign, right in the middle of San Francisco's late playoff push.
Sandoval was slashing .269/.314/.509 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI this year. His play was creating a market for him ahead of the coming offseason, in which the Panda will be a free agent.
It's a crushing blow for the Giants, who at 63-65 sit just 5.5 games behind the Cubs for the coveted second Wild Card spot in the National League.