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X-rays negative on Marco Scutaro’s hip, Giants peeved by Matt Holliday’s slide

Oct 15, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

Marco Scutaro Getty Getty Images

UPDATE: Amy Gutierrez of reports that Scutaro was taken to the hospital for an MRI.

11:46 PM: According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said X-rays came back negative. However, he’s still pretty sore and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Matt Cain mentioned during the game that he felt Matt Holliday‘s takeout slide was late and Bochy echoed a similar sentiment to Pavlovic after the game:

“I really think they got away with an illegal slide. It’s a shame somebody got hurt because of this.”

The Giants didn’t throw at Holliday during the game, but winning is the best revenge, isn’t it? Still, this probably isn’t the last we have heard of this issue, especially if Scutaro misses Game 3.

Here’s video of the slide in question:

10:17 PM: Via these two updates from Andrew Baggarly of, Scutaro exited the game with a left hip injury and was sent for X-rays.

10:11 PM ET: Marco Scutaro is 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI in Game 2 of the NLCS tonight, but he’s apparently still feeling the effects from Matt Holliday’s violent takeout slide in the top of the first inning.

Scutaro was replaced by Ryan Theriot at second base to begin the top of the sixth inning. No word yet on the exact nature or severity of the injury, but he could be seen pointing at his left leg while in the dugout.

Scutaro has been one of the Giants’ most important contributors since coming over from the Rockies in late-July, so it would really hurt if he needs to miss some time.

  1. sailcat54 - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    I hope Scutaro will be okay for the remainder of the post season: he is one of the Giants biggest contributors at the plate right now.

    • ezthinking - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      Check out Joe Morgan in the ’72 World Series. It’s the second part of the video.

      • sailcat54 - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:01 AM

        You know, a forty year old play by Joe Morgan still doesn’t justify the reckless hit by Matt Holliday against Scutaro this evening.

      • pilonflats - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:42 AM

        scutaro was on the other side of the bag

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    • hustleandflomax - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      Cards fan here. That slide was really sloppy and uncalled for. We can only speculate on Holliday’s ‘intent’, but it’s already been said here, he’s not the most graceful athlete out there–but it still doesn’t excuse that play. I, too, hope Scutaro’s okay. Good game by SF, clearly the better team on the field last night.

      • gostlcards5 - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:31 PM

        Agreed. Glad Scutaro is OK. And big ups to him for that huge hit that busted the game open (after Holliday flubbed the play)! Plus, his name seems, for some reason, to be ultra-cool.

  2. Stiller43 - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    That slide was BOGUS. Wasnt anywhere near the base. I get it if someones in the way about to make the DP, but he went 3 feet past the base to dive into him!

    • djpostl - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      You’re full of shit, sorry. He slid late but he didn’t “go 3 feet past the base to dive into him”.

      As you watch the slide he basically went into the slide right on top of the base. Nothing wrong with that.

      Only reason this is an issue is because Holiday is built like a house and Scutaro isn’t the biggest of guys.

      • El Jefe - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM

        Do you even know what the point of a slide is?! In what world is starting your slide when you’re on top of the base not considered wrong? Someone is full of shit here but it isn’t Stiller43…

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:58 PM

        Dont try to reason with them. It will only result in a headache.

      • sailcat54 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM

        If Scutaro misses a game or two as a result of this questionable play, I have a feeling there will be a little payback doled out to Holliday. This is exactly the sort of thing that will galvanize a team and focus their efforts, too. Matt may have made a bigger mistake than he thinks.

      • paperlions - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

        This is the kind of narrative that needs to be mocked. If you require this kind of play to “galvanize a team” or “focus their efforts”, then you should be playing MLB….but you can rest assured that if the Giants win, people will point to this play….and you can rest assured that if they lose, people will point to this play.

      • earlnash - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        Not a fan of either team, just a guy who has been umpiring for 55 years. You slide INTO a base, not OVER a base. Matt’s size is irrelevant; any size player, who starts his slide, while OVER the base, is called out by the umpire and the DP is called, as the runner at second interfered with the throw in a gross and negligent manner.

        Let’s not turn a beautiful game into hockey.

  3. norcaldeportes - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Dirty play. Plain & simple. Holliday knew it too. It was in his head all night

    • Marty - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      It was almost as if he was distracted by the justice of Scutaro’s double.

  4. blabidibla - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Dirty, dirty, dirty. Legal or not.

  5. foolmaker - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    I lost my taste for physical plays after the Posey injury last year. There’s just no need for it, especially on such an obvious attack as this. Legal? Yes. Necessary? I don’t think so.

    • foolmaker - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      Giant’s beat Andrew Baggarly just tweeted,

      “Posey said Holliday asked about Scutaro later on the game, acknowledged he started his slide too late.”

      Appears that Holliday didn’t mean for it to happen, but just messed up on his slide. Props for admitting his mistake.

    • gostlcards5 - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      Agree with all of it, especially about the Posey injury last year. That one still gives me the willies just thinking about it. Class guy, too, even if he looks like he’s 15! 😀

      This play was way over-aggressive and unnecessary by Holliday. I think he knew it, and that it was in his head. He plays like a bit of an uncoordinated tight end at times, and I think he genuinely felt bad about it. Even after the game, he said (paraphrasing): “I know him, and he’s a good guy. I wasn’t trying to hurt him, just trying to stay of the DP”.

  6. okwhitefalcon - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Legal but late, baseball.

    As we’ve all seen beofre (and tonight) – Holliday’s not exactly a ballerina out there.

    X Rays on Scutaro were negative, sounds like he’ll be good to go Wednesday.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      “Holliday’s not exactly a ballerina out there.”
      Boy your not joking Falcon.
      I swear to your neighbor’s Momma my Father wets himself any time a fly ball is it to Matt Holliday. Dude is a Neanderthal. 6-4…240. Built like a brick shit house.
      Dirty player? NO WAY. Came in hot…way too late. Sort of caught in between.
      Admittedly…he said he came in a little to close to the base. Grace…he is not.
      I really appreciate Brandon Belt and Angel Pagans interviews after the game.
      Great win by the Giants. Well deserved. Looking forward to another tough one in game #3.

      • sailcat54 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:18 AM

        Intentional or not, it was a bad play. Holliday should be more careful specifically because he is so big. A sloppy, boneheaded play by a 240 pound oaf like Matt could end a good player’s career unnecessarily. Career ending injuries stemming from stupid plays are not the reason fans come to the park.

        Moving right along, this was a good game and I am looking forward to more baseball in St. Louis! This will be a close NLCS and both teams are playing well…impromptu football scrimmages notwithstanding.

  7. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    Before I ever saw video of the play, I heard the Cardinals radio broadcast proclaim it “playing baseball the way it was meant to be played.” Based on that evidence, I knew it had to be dirty as hell.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      Ahhhhh yes. Much like “Manny being Manny”….”Chip is being Chip.”

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM

        …and you accused ME of stalking. GFY.

  8. psu4me - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    If you watch the clip you can see his left cleat stick in the ground and that’s why it looks like he jumped instead of slid. Also Holliday is a linebacker out there while Scutaro is built like a punter, it doesn’t bode well when the player who is sliding is still almost up to your belt.

    • ferrisdp - Oct 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      You’re kidding, right?

  9. minimoose763 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Holliday knew it was a dirty play. According to Posey he asked how Scutaro was doing later on in the game and acknowledged he started his slide too late.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:12 AM

      He admitted he made a mistake by starting his slide to late and you take that as him knowing it was a dirty play?
      Wow. These people vote.

      • kcz62364 - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        Does that make it illegal?

  10. norcaldeportes - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    @djpostl: he didn’t go 3 feet past the bag because Scutaro’s body was in the way. Were it not for Scutaro, he would’ve slid 8 feet past the bag. You have to admit, Holliday looked to be on a different planet after that play. No player wants to ruin another’s career & he nearly did there. It was in his head. The botched play on Scutaro’s hit. Being nowhere near the play on Huff’s lazy fly ball. And his horrible at bats the rest of the game. So go ahead and call it a good baseball play, but even Holliday knew it was dirty.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      You people kill me with the “knew it was dirty” bullshit.
      A dude can very much make a mistake/get crossed up/have a motherphuqing brain fart…
      and it NOT BEING A DIRTY PLAY.
      If you knew baseball you would know Matt Holliday isn’t a dirty player.

      • sailcat54 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:34 AM

        Holliday may not be an intentionally dirty player, but he is still guilty of making a reckless, sloppy play that could have injured another player.

      • tomemos - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:22 AM

        Yeah, he just happened to do the same thing to Starlin Castro. Whoopsie!

      • letembuckmg - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        He’s guilty of giving 100% and playing to win. That’s it.

  11. norcaldeportes - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    • psu4me - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      Good photo it shows a true “break up slide” and scutaro only about a foot behind the base. Holliday probably felt bad that Scutaro was injured but that doesnt make it a dirty play.

  12. tr5079 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    I’m a Cards fan and there was no way that was anything close to a legal slide. Holliday didn’t even come on contact with the ground on his slide until he was PAST the bag. There’s right and wrong when it comes to take out slides, and that was waaaay wrong. Hope Scutaro is ok to play Wednesday.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      Thank you. Now tell your buddy stlou1s that. He seems to be having trouble getting it.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

        54: I didn’t say it was legal. I didn’t say it was right.
        In fact…I will state it very clearly for you…IT WAS WRONG!
        This doesn’t make anything (or anyone) “dirty.” Which is precisely my point.

  13. pappageorgio - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    I’m actually all for hard slide plays in baseball but that was a play that Holliday should have been punished for…….he maybe should even be suspended for the next game.

    The way he jumped he pulled back his legs and drove into MS knee first….guys don’t intend to slide in a way that their knees hit the base first. Then consider that he jumped so late that his knees barely hit the back end of the bag, his feet never had a chance of even hitting the base.

    That might have been a 15 yd penalty in the NFL.

  14. coachhowi - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Matt was in the air until he passed the base. That is late real late. I blame Crawford for not kicking Halliday in face and burying his ass right there at second. Pure bush league. This series just got real good

    • blacksables - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:14 AM

      Yeah, and your comment is pure major league. Advocating violence while complaining someone was too violent.

      Beautiful, man, just beautiful.

  15. tramonisland - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Ty Cobb has no problems with that slide.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Actually Ty Cobb would have a problem; he’s wondering why Matt didn’t sharpen his cleats and lifted his feet a little more.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        I’m guessing he’d also be a little peeved at having to share the field with a non-WASP like Scutaro in the first place.

  16. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Bullshit play by Holliday. I have no reason to think it was intentionally dirty but Holiday has been in the league long enough and in the playoffs enough to know better. He can be sorry all he wants but it doesn’t change the outcome. Scuttaro was behind the base, that’s his protection and Holloday went way past. Not against the rules but pretty bush league.

  17. nineroutsider - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    I wonder why he started his slide late? Oh, it’s the only way he was going to disrupt the play as Scutaro was 2 feet behind the bag and Holliday knew he would be because he had enough time to step off the bag. I’m not buying his shit. Legal play but dirty and it’s on. That whole Giants teams is ready to roll and sweep this thing out on the road. GET SOME!

  18. go49ers - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Hope Scutaro gets well very soon. He’s real tough for hanging in & playing clutch.

    Don’t worry, Holliday will get dealt.

  19. jfd349 - Oct 16, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    Next time Holliday is coming in to break up a double play, the SS or 2B just needs to drop that relay throw to first a little lower. Could send the message back.

  20. metalhead65 - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    how will cris carpenter explain this to his son?

  21. randygnyc - Oct 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Bases loaded. Tie game. Score is 1-1. Pitcher is ahead in the count 1 ball, 2 strikes. Throws a high, inside fastball that gets away from him and hits the batter in his face. Winning run scores. Player who’s hit has his career ended.. Regrettable circumstances with horrible results, but that isn’t a dirty play. Much like Holiday’s. As long as he’s within a body length, before, after or to the sides of the base, and he’s sliding (not rolling) its legal and has always been known as “good, hard-nosed baseball”

    • letembuckmg - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Exactly right. Old school hardball.

  22. westcoastredbird - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    This is exactly why Pete Kozma backed away from the “infield fly” in the play-in game. He didn’t want to get steam rolled by Holliday. Dude reminds me of “Skates”, Lonnie Smith. He not a dirty player but will make a bone head play when he’s trying too hard.

    • gostlcards5 - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      I agree on the Kozma play. I think Pete heard Holliday trucking in (over the crowd noise), and thought “He’s coming, and Hell’s coming with him!”

  23. pogodog7 - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    I hope they go after Holliday’s hand the way CC took out Markakis. BTW, the Orioles should have taken out Cano when CC took out Markakis.

  24. pogodog7 - Oct 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Holliday = bald headed dead meat

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