San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro will undergo a non-surgical back procedure that he hopes will help with the recovery of a back injury.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy stated the procedure will occur Monday in Miami. The procedure name is unknown, but is apparently similar to a platelet-rich plasma injection.
“We’re going to see if we can speed up this process,” Bochy said. “I don’t have a target date. It’s been frustrating. He’s done some baseball activities and then he had to back off. We’re hoping that this will get him over the hump to where we may have a target date at some point here.”
The back and forth in Scutaro’s recovery has been a definite obstacle for all involved. He was originally on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21 and then transferred to the 60-day DL on May 10.
Speeding up the process may be a good idea to further Scutaro’s career. If the injury persists, his work as an everyday player may be in jeopardy.
“You’ve got to be honest,” Bochy said. “At some point, what are you going to get from him? At some point you’d like to get him out there every day, but if it’s a couple of days, or pinch-hitting, yeah, that works. But he’s not close to being at that point yet. We would be a better club if we had him to do that.”
Hopefully this is not the beginning of the end of Scutaro’s career. But the 37 year old needs to keep his options open if the worst scenario presents itself and he can no longer play.