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SURPRISE, Ariz. – Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged that concern is growing over second baseman Marco Scutaro, who is at least another week away from playing in exhibition games.
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“If you ask me at the end of next week and he’s not playing or close to playing, we’ll have to have another plan here,” said Bochy, after the Giants combined for a four-hitter in a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
Scutaro, whose chronic back and hip bothered him all last season, was being brought along slowly by design this spring. He began taking grounders last week and started swinging a bat on Friday, but only against soft-toss pitching.
The 38-year-old second baseman is “still a few days away from live BP,” said Bochy, adding that ideally Scutaro would get at least 30 to 35 at-bats here.
Tony Abreu, Nick Noonan and non-roster invitee Brandon Hicks are the other players getting the most work at second base; Ehire Adrianza also has worked out at the position and made his Cactus League debut there on Friday, catching a lineout while playing the final four innings. Hicks, a former A's infielder, hit his fourth double of the spring and has a .417 average thus far.
As for the possibility of a trade, GM Brian Sabean told me last week that he wouldn’t shift gears until he received a different assessment from head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner. Scutaro and the Giants training staff remain optimistic, Bochy said.