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PHOENIX – Marco Scutaro underwent a diagnostic nerve block procedure on Tuesday – likely a final needle in the coffin in his bid to play on opening day.
The Giants’ 38-year-old second baseman has played just two innings all spring because of recurring pain in his back and hip, an ailment that dogged him all last season despite playing in 127 games and making his first All-Star team.
The club expected to provide an update on Scutaro’s condition Wednesday. It already was known that Scutaro wouldn’t play before the Giants broke camp on Wednesday, and the team was discussing what to do about the No.2 spot in the order.
Joaquin Arias is expected to start at second base on opening day; with Scutaro on the disabled list, the club could carry both reserve infielders Ehire Adrianza and Brandon Hicks.
The DL isn’t official yet for Scutaro, who participated in on-field activities Sunday and Monday. But the doctor’s visit was warranted after he felt more discomfort. A nerve block involves the injection of an anesthetic to help doctors pinpoint the cause or source of pain.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said surgery isn't being discussed as an option for Scutaro at this time.