The San Francisco Giants are considering shutting down second baseman Marco Scutaro for the last week-plus of the season, but are waiting for his MRI results to come back before making a final decision, reports Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area.
Scutaro, 37, sustained tendon damage to his left pinkie finger when he was hit by a pitch way back on June 11. The veteran infielder played through the injury with seemingly no problem until last weekend, when it began bugging him to the point where he had to be removed from Sunday's game.
Manager Bruce Bochy iterated to Baggarly that the club will sit down with Scutaro once the test results come back, and that they may ultimately take the decision of whether or not he can play out of the second baseman's hands. Scutaro did his normal pre-game workout on Tuesday despite not being in the lineup, indicating that he'd probably choose to play if the choice were his.
In addition to his finger woes, Scutaro has also battled with a sore lower back and hip this season. He has trouble keeping his spine in alignment because one of his legs is longer than the other, an issue that Bochy seems to think rest and stretching will alleviate: "We think an offseason doing a lot of core work will get that back where it needs to be."
Scutaro has still been a productive player this season in spite of his series of ailments. The only thing his injuries seem to have affected is his ability to hit for power, which was never really one of his strong suits in the first place. He's batting .297/.357/.369 with just two big flies in 127 games on the year.
Scutaro is under contract with the Giants for $13.2 million over the next two seasons, so the club has quite a bit riding on him getting healthy by next spring.