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Marco Scutaro receives injection in ailing back, considered “50-50″ for Opening Day

Mar 20, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT

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Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro has been limited to just one game this spring due to back soreness and now there’s a chance that he could begin the season on the disabled list.

According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, Scutaro received an epidural injection in his back after he felt lingering stiffness in recent days. It was actually the second injection he has received this spring, but the first one obviously didn’t work. Giants manager Bruce Bochy hasn’t ruled him out for the start of the season, but with the clock ticking, he considers him “50-50″ for Opening Day.

“This is to try to get him over the hump,” Bochy said. “He’ll be down a couple of days but the hope is that he’ll be good to go.”

Scutaro, 38, hit .297/.357/.369 with two home runs, 31 RBI, and a 34/45 K/BB ratio over 127 games last season. If he starts the season on the disabled list, Joaquin Arias will likely fill in at second base.

  1. illuminancer - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    This is sounding uncomfortably familiar. Like, 2012, and what they kept saying about Freddy Sanchez…

    • skerney - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:12 AM

      Freddy Sanchez: Still days away from being ready to go.

  2. temporarilyexiled - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    I’d rather see them go with Ehire Adrianza. Joaquin Arias is better at third and as a sub. I realize none of these options (especially including others not mentioned) is exactly wonderful.

  3. jkcalhoun - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    50-50? I would have thought it was more like 67-33, as in 67 days of extended spring training for his 33 vertebrae.

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