San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is scheduled to visit with a hand specialist on Wednesday to determine whether he suffered tendon damage in his left pinkie finger when he was hit on the hand by a pitch Tuesday night, reports Chris Haft of MLB.com.
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Scutaro was beaned in the seventh inning by a fastball from Pirates southpaw Tony Watson, and was forced to leave the game immediately. The whole thing was very reminiscent of the beanball that sidelined Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong last month, except that Scutaro's initial X-rays did not reveal any sort of fracture.
Though Scutaro dodged a bullet in avoiding a broken bone, he may not be out of the woods just yet. Scutaro's inability to straighten his pinkie finger -- he said after the game that it "looks like a snake" -- indicates that there may be serious tendon damage.
If the veteran second baseman does get bad news, he'll likely hit the disabled list, further depleting a Giants roster that is already without third baseman Pablo Sandoval and center fielder Angel Pagan. Utility infielder Tony Abreu took over at second base for Scutaro on Tuesday, and will likely take a bulk of the playing time at second should Scutaro be sidelined for an extended period of time.
Scutaro, 37, is off to a career-best start in his first full year with the Giants. The veteran is batting .322/.388/.444 with two big flies in 58 games on the season.