Scutaro has back surgery, out 4-6 months

Veteran infielder's future with Giants in question

Scutaro has back surgery, out 4-6 months

SAN FRANCISCO -- Marco Scutaro's future with the Giants appeared questionable, at least, after general manager Brian Sabean announced Monday that the second baseman recently underwent back surgery in Miami.

Scutaro's surgeon, Dr. Michael Wang, is expected to release Scutaro, 39, from the hospital on Tuesday. Scutaro will require at least four to six months of recovery time. At that juncture, Sabean said the club's medical staff will determine whether Scutaro can play again.

Back problems limited Scutaro to five games in 2014, two years after the Giants acquired him shortly before the Trade Deadline. Scutaro excelled that autumn, capturing Most Valuable Player honors in the Giants' seven-game conquest of St. Louis in the National League Championship Series. Scutaro, a potential free agent next offseason, earned a three-year, $20 million contract from the Giants.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.