Giants notes: Testing Scutaro, setting the rotation, etc.

Giants notes: Testing Scutaro, setting the rotation, etc.
July 12, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Before he was sidelined by injury, Marco Scutaro was the 2012 NLCS MVP and a 2013 All-Star. (USATSI)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Marco Scutaro is back in his customary spot -- batting and playing second -- but the Giants are keeping expectations for his first major league game in 10 months low.

"Be who he is," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Be himself. Don't try to do too much. I don't want everyone to expect too much. It's been a long time for him. It's just good to have him back.

"He feels like he's ready to go, but we'll keep an eye on him. We'll have a better idea of where he's at after this game."

Scutaro is still a bit of an unknown quantity, so the manager is grateful for the chance to see him in action before the break.

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Scutaro, 38, had three hits in 22 at-bats (.136) over his nine-game minor league rehab stint.

Setting the second-half rotation
The Giants have options when they start the second half of the season in Miami next Friday, and manager Bruce Bochy isn't quite ready to reveal how he'll line up his starting pitchers.

"You can put 'em in any order," Bochy said, "with how Vogey and Timmy are throwing."

Bumgarner -- the lone All-Star in the rotation -- is slated to start Sunday's series finale, which would make him unavailable to pitch in the All-Star Game.

It doesn't have to be a Giant, but Tim Hudson is an option to replace him in Minnesota, and Tim Lincecum has also pitched his way into the conversation thanks to a stretch of four starts in which he has allowed one earned run in 30 1/3 innings (0.30 ERA).

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Bochy is waiting for the All-Star cards to fall before tipping his hand, joking that the team could sit Bumgarner on Sunday so he can pitch in the All-Star Game.

Based on the natural five days of rest, the July 18 series opener would be Bumgarner's -- the Giants' Opening Day starter.

Pagan's progress
Angel Pagan continues to rehab his ailing back in Arizona, but he has not yet started swinging and there is no target date for his return.

"It's probably going to be a few days after the break," Bochy said.


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