Scutaro exits with tight lower back

Scutaro exits with tight lower back
August 17, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Marco Scutaro was replaced by Joaquin Arias at second base in the sixth inning on Saturday night. (AP)

MIAMI – Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro made an early exit for the second consecutive game Saturday night, this time with tightness in his lower back.

Joaquin Arias replaced him at second base in the bottom of the sixth. Scutaro had been hitless in three at-bats and grounded into a double play.

A night earlier, Scutaro was removed as a precaution because of back stiffness. He had a large icepack and towel wrapped around his neck and shoulder prior to batting practice on Saturday.

Scutaro has dealt with recurring pain in his back and side/hip area since spring training. The 37-year-old said he doesn't expect it to get better until the offseason, when he has a chance to rest it. He is in the first season of a three-year, $18 million contract.

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