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Marco Scutaro undergoes diagnostic nerve block

Mar 25, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

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From Andrew Baggarly of

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.

Scutaro has played just two innings this spring in the Cactus League because of recurring back and hip discomfort that first began bothering him around the middle of the 2013 season. The Giants are going to update his status on Wednesday morning, likely by announcing a season-opening 15-day disabled list stint.

Joaquin Arias, a .272/.302/.367 career hitter in 327 major league games, is expected to fill in at second base in the early going for the Giants. Ehire Adrianza and Brandon Hicks are also options at the keystone.

Scutaro, 38, is entering the second year of a three-year, $20 million contract signed in December 2012.

  1. insidefastball - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:33 AM

    Wouldn’t signing Drew make some sense for the Giants? They are very weak in the middle infield

    • thundabolt - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:53 AM

      They don’t going to get Drew. Crawford is too good defensively and not losing his job anytime soon, and they’re likely going to try and survive the Scutaro injury with their farm system.

      • gnatsfan45 - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:15 AM

        It’s the same reason why no one else has signed him; what you give up is not worth the return. Besides his declining stats and his inability to stay healthy you lose draft picks. Drew is in baseball purgatory!

  2. shaggylocks - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Note to undertakers: don’t build coffins with needles. Use nails, they’re more durable.

  3. clydeserra - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    1b Brandon Belt, 2b, Brandon Hicks, ss Brandon Crawford, 3b??? they need to sign Inge pronto.

    • temporarilyexiled - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Ehire Adrianza may just turn out to be a fine replacement at 2B. The other three infield positions will be fine this year. Next year, yeah, they’ll need someone at 3B. I have no idea if Chase Headley will be available. I also have no idea who else is good enough to follow Sandoval. But it says here that the Panda finds himself eating some other teams bamboo within the year, so the Giants better come up with someone better than Joaquin Arias.

  4. marklar1025 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Its Freddy Sanchez all over again. Giants cant catch a break at 2B. Ray Durham was the last solid 2B they had.

    • temporarilyexiled - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      And it’s not like HE got injured or anything…wait…

  5. akgobears - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Durham was ok, but he was often injured too…..the last solid everyday 2nd baseman for the Giants was Robbie Thompson

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