Scutaro: It's all about being in the playoffs
"It's crazy man, he's something else." -- Gregor Blanco on Marco Scutaro (USA TODAY)
SAN FRANCISO -- Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro has no choice but to play through the pain in his injured left pinkie finger. The medical diagnosis for the tendon injury that's causing him pain is 'Mallet finger.' Somehow, he's still hammering pitches.
He missed six games with the injury, but has returned with back-to-back two-hit performances to the amazement of his teammates and manager.
"It's crazy, man," outfielder Gregor Blanco said of Scutaro. "He's something else."
Scutaro has his pinkie finger in a small plastic splint that is heavily wrapped with tape. He holds the bat with his pinkie just off the knob to combat the pain while swinging. Even after being forced to sit out and change the way he holds the bat, Scutaro seems completely unfazed.
"He makes it look easy," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Right now, he's not really talking about the splint or if it's effecting him."
Scutaro says the injury doesn't bother him at all on defense, but it does hurt at the plate. There's nothing he can do but play through the pain. His finger might not be right for the rest of his life. With several other players hurt, he was itching for a chance to get back in the lineup to contribute, and so far he has.
Brandon Crawford has his own finger issues. He sprained the index and middle fingers on his right hand when sliding head first on a stolen base attempt on Tuesday. He was used as a pinch-runner on Wednesday, but is doubtful to start on Thursday. Crawford has only missed three games this season. He is considered day-to-day and will likely avoid a trip to the disabled list. Before the game he joked that he couldn't possibly have hurt two more important fingers.
The Giants are doing their best to absorb the injuries. It helps that they are getting contributions from guys like Joaquin Arias, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games on Wednesday. Juan Perez is also quickly making a name for himself. He is hitting .348 and has four outfield assists in just eight games.
"When you go through a season it's going to take everybody, 25 guys," Bochy said. "You need to have those guys coming off the bench and playing well."
"This is what makes it work, when you have those guys getting the job done done for you," he added.
The Giants sold out their 200th consecutive game on Wednesday. It is the longest active regular season home sellout streak in the Major Leagues.