As expected, the San Francisco Giants have reinstated Marco Scutaro from the disabled list. In a corresponding move, Brandon Hicks was designated for assignment, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
#sfgiants reinstate Marco Scutaro. DFA Brandon Hicks.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) July 12, 2014
Scutaro has spent the entire season on the disabled list with a back injury. Since he was on a the 60-Day DL, the Giants had to clear a roster spot from the 25-man roster. Unfortunately for Hicks, he got the cut after posting a .000 batting average over the past month. After a hot start to the season, Hicks’ average dipped to .162. He hit 8 home runs this season, but they all came in April and May.
Scutaro most recently rehabbed with the Fresno Grizzlies and San Jose Giants. In his rehab appearances, he was only 3-for-22, drawing only 2 walks. His bat may not add much pop to the Giants struggling lineup, but the team has to hope his presence in the clubhouse does something to spark the rest of the team.
Let’s face it, Scutaro is nearing the end of his career. He won’t be out there playing 2B everyday, but the Giants really don’t have any better options right now. Putting him out there is a gamble and personally, I’m not sure Scutaro and Joe Panik is enough to cover the Giants at 2B.
As for Hicks, the Giants will have 10 days to trade him, release him, or put him on waivers. If they can’t work out a trade, and it seems unlikely they would be able to, the Giants will likely place him on waivers. If placed on waivers, other teams will have the option to pick him up. If no one does, he’ll likely head to the Giants minor leagues.