SAN FRANCISCO -- The timetable has accelerated for Edgar Renteria's right elbow surgery, which the Giants shortstop will undergo Saturday. It had been assumed for months that Renteria, 34, would receive his arthroscopic procedure after the regular season to remove bone spurs and chips from the elbow. But Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Renteria's chances of being ready for next Spring Training would improve if he had surgery sooner. "We need to get this cleaned out," Bochy said Friday. "It's time to get him fixed up and get some rehab in before he goes home.
Renteria, a five-time All-Star who has won three Silver Slugger and two Gold Glove awards, entered the year with a lifetime .290 batting average in 13 seasons. But after the Giants signed him to a two-year, $18.5 million contract last December, he hit a career-low .250 in 124 games. Renteria also collected five home runs and 48 RBIs after averaging nearly 10 homers and 63 RBIs per year. Bochy believed that Renteria's physical condition hampered his performance. Renteria endured soreness in both shoulders besides the elbow ailment. "Without question it had something to do with his season," Bochy said. "This game's hard enough to play when you're 100 percent. He was a warrior through it all. He got some big hits for us. ... He didn't say much about it. He went out there and gave it his best."