Giants, Scutaro running out of time to make opener

Giants, Scutaro running out of time to make opener
March 24, 2014, 11:45 am
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Second baseman Marco Scutaro is likely to start the season on the disabled list if he can't prove to Bruce Bochy and his staff that he's game ready. (USATSI)

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Time is growing extremely short for the Giants and Marco Scutaro.

The veteran second baseman did baseball activities for the second consecutive day and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he “looked pretty good” while facing live pitching on a back field.

But the manager also offered a sobering look at the long list of things Scutaro needs to show club officials to avoid starting the season on the disabled list. He hasn’t proven his chronically sore back can handle the pounding of a full game. He also hasn’t proven he can bounce back and play another the next day. The Giants need to see that, and more.

“Not just go two days but three days,” Bochy said.

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That’s because Giants don’t want to carry Scutaro as a reserve. If he’s not ready to be the everyday second baseman, then he’ll begin the year on the DL and Joaquin Arias will start in the interim.

Bochy said it’s possible Scutaro could remain in Arizona when the team breaks camp on Wednesday, so he can play in minor league games if ready. The Giants won’t put Scutaro in a major league exhibition unless “we’re pretty certain he’s turned a corner,” Bochy said. “There’s too much to lose. 

That’s because the Giants could backdate Scutaro’s 15-day DL stint by as many as 10 days if he doesn’t appear in a big league exhibition.