Giants second baseman Tommy La Stella recently underwent surgery on his left Achilles, the team informed reporters (including Andrew Baggarly of the Athletic). Full recovery is expected to take four months, so La Stella should be on track for Spring Training if all goes as planned.
La Stella was bothered by Achilles pain for the final few weeks of the season, but he played through the issue during the Giants’ playoff run. It was the latest in a series of health woes for La Stella, who also missed time due to a hamstring problem and a hand fracture. That combined to limit the left-handed hitter to 242 plate appearances, in which time he put up an uncharacteristic .250/.308/.405 slash line. That’s a fair bit shy of the .289/.356/.471 mark La Stella posted from 2019-20.
The Giants no doubt hope that the recent procedure will provide the 32-year-old with a clean slate as he enters 2022. La Stella will be entering the second season of a three-year, $18.75MM free agent contract. With Donovan Solano hitting free agency, he could pair with the right-handed hitting Wilmer Flores (controllable via club option) to platoon at the keystone next season.