SAN FRANCISCO – After three months on a rehab treadmill in Arizona, the Giants and Marco Scutaro are trying something different in his attempted comeback from chronic lower back pain.
Scutaro traveled to Miami and had a non-surgical procedure on his back, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Bochy described it as “a blood spinning thing,” but somewhat different than the platelet-rich injections that athletes often receive to speed healing to injured areas.
Bochy said Scutaro’s timetable remains just as clouded, though.
“I don’t have a target date,” Bochy said of the 38-year-old second baseman. “It’s been frustrating. He’s doing baseball activities and then he has to back off. We hope this procedure can get him over the hump.”
The Giants and Scutaro have approached his rehab with the goal of returning as the everyday second baseman. He is in just the second season of a three-year, $18 million contract. But Bochy acknowledged the time might come soon when both Scutaro and the club need to reassess the goal.
Scutaro’s bat control skills would be useful off the bench, Bochy said.
“At some point, we’ve got to be honest: Where are we going to get?” Bochy said. “If it’s a couple days as a pinch hitter, that could work. … We would be a better club by doing that. But right now we’re not close to getting him to that point.”
Scutaro, who lives in South Florida in the offseason, will remain home for an undetermined time, Bochy said.