The San Francisco Giants continue to receive bad news about veteran second baseman Marco Scutaro. He is still troubled by his neck injury, and a procedure on Tuesday all but guarantees that he will start the 2014 season on the disabled list.
Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports the following about Scutaro’s status:
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…
…The DL isn’t official yet for Scutaro, who participated in on-field activities Sunday and Monday. But the doctor’s visit was warranted after he felt more discomfort. A nerve block involves the injection of an anesthetic to help doctors pinpoint the cause or source of pain.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said surgery isn’t being discussed as an option for Scutaro at this time.”
Given the pace at which players come back from head and neck injuries, the Giants might have to plan on a bigger chunk of the season than expected without Scutaro at the top of their lineup. In 127 games last season Scutaro batted .297/.357/.369. For whatever period of time they are without him, the Giants will miss his on-base skills at the top of the lineup.