LOS ANGELES – The offseason can’t come soon enough for Marco Scutaro.
The 37-year-old second baseman left Sunday’s game after two innings with more of the same back stiffness that has bothered him since spring training. Not only that, but Scutaro’s left pinkie finger, the one that sustained tendon damage in June when he was hit by a pitch, started acting up again, too.
Why not simply shut down Scutaro for the season?
“Well, that’s what I love about these guys,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “They want to play. They want to be out there. We’ll check on him. The first game in New York, if we have to back off him, we’ll do it. But you have to appreciate the fact that these guys want to be out there.”
Scutaro’s season-long health issues impacted him more on defense than with the bat; the Giants will need another reserve infielder to cover him next season, as more frequent days off likely will be required to keep him moderately healthy and productive.
Scutaro might rest the first game Tuesday against the Mets at Citi Field, Bochy said.