San Francisco Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, the team announced Saturday.
Sandoval last played on Aug. 9 and went on the 10-day injured list five days later. He was examined on Wednesday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, and the noted orthopedic surgeon recommended the reconstructive surgery in which the ulnar collateral ligament is repaired.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Sandoval has been bothered by bone chips in the elbow since 2013. Sandoval batted .269 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs in 107 games this season. He matched the franchise record with 18 pinch hits.
Pitchers routinely miss 12 to 16 months after Tommy John surgery, but position players typically return sooner.
—The Milwaukee Brewers designated Opening Day starter Jhoulys Chacin for assignment, making room on the 40-man roster for utility player Cory Spangenberg.
Chacin, a 31-year-old right-hander, strained his right lat while batting in a game against the Cincinnati Reds on July 24, and the next day was put on the injured list. He had not been expected to return to the Brewers’ active roster until mid-September.
Chacin won his Opening Day start against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 28, allowing three runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings, but struggled on the mound when he wasn’t bothered by injuries. He compiled a 3-10 record with a 5.79 ERA in 19 starts this season.
—The New York Mets activated National League batting leader Jeff McNeil from the 10-day injured list before their game against the Atlanta Braves.
McNeil, who did not start Saturday night, has been sidelined by a left hamstring strain. He went on the IL on Aug. 14.
McNeil said he expects to be in the starting lineup on Sunday. Batting .332 with 15 homers and 55 RBIs in 105 games, he said he tested the leg on Friday and everything went well.
—The Seattle Mariners activated former Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez from the 60-day injured list to start their game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 33-year-old Hernandez was sidelined 3 1/2 months due to a shoulder strain.
Hernandez struggled prior to the IL stint by going 1-4 with a 6.52 ERA in eight starts.
Hernandez, a six-time All-Star, won the Cy Young Award in 2010. He is the franchise’s all-time leader with 169 victories and is a two-time American League ERA champion.
—Mariners reliever Chasen Bradford, out since June with an elbow strain, underwent Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss the 2020 season.
Bradford, a 30-year-old right-hander, pitched in just 12 games for the Mariners in 2019. He posted one save and an ERA of 4.86 in 16 2/3 innings of relief. Last season, his first with Seattle, Bradford was 5-0 with a 3.69 ERA in 46 games.
—Texas Rangers right-hander Jesse Chavez is facing the possibility of season-ending surgery to address a bone spur in his throwing elbow.
Chavez, placed on the injured list Aug. 13 with a right elbow impingement, will return to Texas this week to be examined by Dr. Keith Meister, where a decision will be made. The 36-year-old would be expected to recover prior to the 2020 season.
Texas signed Chavez to a two-year, $8 million contract last offseason. He is 3-5 with a 4.85 ERA in 48 games (nine starts) this year.
—Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta has gone back to the 10-day injured list with right AC joint inflammation, the club announced. In a corresponding move, outfielder Tim Locastro was recalled from Triple-A Reno.
Locastro, 27, is hitting .252 with one home run, 15 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 68 games this season with the D-backs. At Reno, he has a .301 average with eight homers and 21 RBIs in 31 games.
Peralta, 32, is batting .275 with 12 homers, 29 doubles and 57 RBIs in 99 games. He had career-best totals of 30 homers and 87 RBIs in 2018.
—The Atlanta Braves signed catcher Francisco Cervelli to a major league contract two days after the Pittsburgh Pirates placed the veteran catcher on waivers.
Cervelli requested his release from Pittsburgh to pursue opportunities with a team that could offer more playing time and a chance to play in the postseason.
The 33-year-old Cervelli batted .193 with one homer and five RBIs in 34 games this season, his fifth with Pittsburgh.
—The Los Angeles Dodgers placed catcher Russell Martin on the bereavement list prior to their game against the New York Yankees. Catcher Austin Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to fill the roster vacancy.
Martin, 36, is batting .207 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 69 games. Barnes, 29, is batting .196 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 70 games for the Dodgers.
—Field Level Media