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A key piece in the San Francisco Giants offense, Marco Scutaro, is yet to make his spring debut. Back problems, which hindered him down the stretch last year, are once again preventing him from playing. With opening day rapidly approaching, the chances of Marco Scutaro playing second base on opening day are gradually getting slimmer.
Despite suffering from back problems last season, Scutaro still had a fairly solid season. He compiled: 145 hits, 57 runs, 23 doubles, 31 runs batted in with a .297/.357/.369 slashline. Don’t let the low runs and runs batted in fool you, Scutaro did hit very well, sadly nobody else around him did. In a rejuvenated Giants offense, Scutaro could shine hitting second in the lineup.
Manager, Bruce Bochy doesn’t seem to confident that Marco will be ready for opening day. “It’s been slow progress. He’s gradually coming around. We still have time. If you ask me, at the end of next week, if he’s not playing or very close to playing, we certainly are going to have to have another plan here.” is what he had to say after the game on Friday.
If Scutaro isn’t ready for opening day, the Giants don’t have too many options. Most likely, utility man Joaquin Arias will fill the void left by the Venezuelan international. Arias has been playing a lot of second base during spring training, but so has rookie Ehire Adrianza. Young infielder Adrianza, tipped to secure the final spot on the roster, has been playing second base this spring, he too could fill in for Scutaro.
Neither utility man could truly replace Scutaro in the lineup, and hence, the Giants will hope their second baseman will return to full health soon. Some sources have claimed that, despite his spring training debut being postponed, he is ready to start hitting, and could be playing by the end of this week.