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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Marco Scutaro plays five innings in rehab start

By on 7/08/2014 12:00:00 PM

The San Francisco Giants lost on Monday to the Oakland A's by the score of 5-0. The loss dropped the Giants to 49-40 on the season, second in the National League West. The Giants have struggled offensively, just 20th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. There is good news on the injury front, as second baseman Marco Scutaro continues to progress in his rehab, playing five innings at Fresno in his latest rehab start.

I reported on July 4 that Scutaro, who has been out all season with a back injury that required a nerve block back in spring training, played two rehab games in a row. At the time, there was no timetable for his return, but Scutaro had clearly been improving.

Henry Schulman, who covers the Giants for the San Francisco Chronicle, tweeted the following on Scutaro's latest rehab start.
Scutaro figures to be a backup when he returns, but the Giants haven't gotten a lot out of Joe Panik and Brandon Hicks, so Scutaro may see more action than he anticipated.

Scutaro has played for the Mets, A's, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rockies and Giants. In 127 games last season, he batted .297 with two home runs and 31 RBI.  Scutaro, a 38-year old veteran,  has a career batting average of .278 with 77 home runs and 509 RBI, in 1,386 games.

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