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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Giants' Jeremy Affeldt on track for next week, Marco Scutaro out indefinitely


By on 4/01/2014 01:15:00 PM

From yesterday's pre-game briefing with San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (via Alex Pavlovic of  Mercury News) we get updates on  reliever Jeremy Affelt and second baseman Marco Scutaro, as well as starter Tim Lincecum. Sports Injury Alerts reports that Lincecum plans to make his next scheduled start on Thursday.

Affeldt  was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 23 with a sprained right MCL, is eligible to return April 6. He has been throwing at the Giants' facility in Arizona and should return next week.

However, Marco Scutaro's back injury (reported by Sports Injury Alerts on March 27) is still not responding to treatment. He remains, in Bochy's words, "a ways away," and, as Pavlovic observed, "had more medical injections (three) than at-bats (two) during spring training."

Photo by Michael Marconi via Wiki Commons
Marco Scutaro, 38, a veteran of the 2012 chanpionship team, only played in one game this spring. Last season, Scutaro slashed .297/.357/.369 with two homeruns and 31 RBI. Scutaro is also on a three year contract, valued at $20 million through 2015. Before the Giants picked him up from the Colorado Rockies as a utility infielder, Scutaro had played for the New York Mets, Oakland A's, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Red Sox.

Left-hander Affeldt, who is entering his age-35 season, has been a fixture in the Giants' bullpen for five seasons. Last season, he was able to give the team only 39 appearances as he battled an oblique injury in the spring and a strained groin in July, He put up an ERA of 3.74 with 21 strikeouts and 17 walks. Affeldt is signed to a three-year, $21 million contract through 2015. 

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