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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Giants' Marco Scutaro (back) likely to miss Opening Day

By on 3/25/2014 09:45:00 AM

Even after receiving two epidural injections to relieve his back pain, All-Star second baseman Marco Scutaro appears more and more likely to start the season on the disabled list for the San Francisco Giants. According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury-News, Scutaro, 38, received the second shot on March 20 after the first one "didn't work." Giants manager Bruce Bochy rated him as "50-50" for Opening Day. Monday, however, with the deadline for roster decisions fast approaching, Bochy wasn't even that optimistic.

The chances of him starting with us have gone way down,” Bochy said. “I just think it’s going to be tough to get him out there before we leave camp.”
Photo by Michael Marconi via Wiki Commons

Chris Haft of writes that although Scutaro has participated in baseball activities such as fielding drills and batting practice, he is probably "days away" from appearing even in a minor league game. If Scutaro is not ready, the backup plan is to play utilityman Joaquin Arias at second base. In 16 spring training games, Arias, 29, has batted .271 with no extra base hits. Last season he got 246 plate appearances while playing all four infield positions, slashing .271/.284/.342.

Scutaro was a key part of the 2012 World Championship team, after which the Giants signed him to a three-year $20 million contract. In 2013, he put up a .297/.357/.369 line in 127 games, missing time with a hand injury and back problems.

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