SAN FRANCISCO – The Giants didn’t expect Marco Scutaro to handle the quick recovery needed to play day games after night games. They sure as heck weren’t going to push him less than 48 hours after he finally joined them from the disabled list.
No shock, but Scutaro isn’t in the lineup Sunday as the Giants hope to take a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks -- along with the smallest bit of momentum, maybe, into the All-Star break.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Scutaro’s back is sore, which is to be expected. “It’s a different level here,” said Bochy, adding he hoped Scutaro could be available to pinch hit.
Angel Pagan isn’t available at all, unless you count the bobblehead version of him. They’re giving away 40,000 of them Sunday. Pagan is in absentia, rehabbing his back in Arizona. He’ll stay there when the team opens the second half Friday at Miami, and Bochy still has no read on when Pagan might be able to start a minor league rehab assignment.
“He hasn’t even swung a bat yet,” Bochy said.