Giants notes: Scutaro active, but fragile

Giants notes: Scutaro active, but fragile
July 11, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Marco Scutaro has been on the D.L. this season due to a bulging disk in his back. (USATSI)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Marco Scutaro, for the first time since a win over the Dodgers 330 days ago in September of 2013, will be available for Bruce Bochy and the Giants.

The 38-year old was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list prior to Friday night's series opener against the Diamondbacks and Brandon Hicks, who has one hit since June 11, was designated for assignment to clear room on the 25- and 40-man rosters.

Hicks' current 0-for-25 skid has dropped his season average to .162, which could allow the Giants to get him through waivers.

The plan is for Scutaro to start at second base in Saturday afternoon's Game 2 against Arizona as he works back into the rotation from chronic back pain that put his career in jeopardy.

"I'm looking forward to being back, to being a part of this team, and to having some fun," Scutaro said, sitting in the dugout after pregame workouts with his teammates.

"I know he's excited about being here," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's one of our guys, one of our core players. His experience, the veteran leadership that he provides, that's invaluable. He's very popular in that clubhouse. 

"It's good to have him back. Hopefully he's a shot in the arm."

Hopefully he doesn't need another shot in the back. The Giants will have to be careful with Scutaro, who says he still has good and bad days.

"My back is better," he said. "But it's not the way it used to be. Some days I'm going to be really sore."

The biggest on-field problems stem from rotating while swinging.

"If it's as little as two, three days a week, that's fine," Bochy said when asked how often he'll use Scutaro. "But the night-day games, those are what I'll stay away from with him." 

The 12-year veteran avoided a question about whether or not he entertained the notion that his career might be over, but he was candid about his expectations. 

"A bad back will change your life," said Scutaro. "It sucks, pretty much."

Posey passed over

The NL All-Star team needed a replacement for Yadier Molina, who is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks after surgery to repair a thumb ligament. But it won't be Buster Posey taking his spot.

Instead, it will be Miguel Montero -- who is scheduled to catcher against the Giants on Friday -- who will be taking his family to Minnesota for the All-Star break. 

Pagan's plan

Angel Pagan, who has resumed baseball activities, will stay in Arizona a few more days to continue rehabbing his back before he leaves for Florida.

"Angel had a good day yesterday," Bochy said. "It went very well. Hopefully that continues." 

Following the All-Star break, the Giants open the unofficial second half of the season with a three-game series in Miami against the Marlins.

Refresher course

The Giants took the field for pitchers fielding practice, infield and outfield prior to batting practice on Friday.

"We'll probably do a bit more of it, just occasionally," Bochy said. "It went well, I know they wanted to be out there."

With Tyler Colvin making his first AT&T start in center field, Bochy wanted to give him a chance to get in some throws to the bases before game action.

The Giants, who are coming off a four-error, four-game series against the A's, are eighth-worst in the majors with 60 errors this season.