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Giants' Marco Scutaro will skip drills to deal with 'annoying' back

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Marco Scutaro's back is bothering him early in camp.
Marco Scutaro's back is bothering him early in camp. (USATSI)

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Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is over the finger injury he suffered last July, but his back is another story. He told MLB.com's Chris Haft that he intends to skip some drills early in spring training and ease himself back into things.

"It seems like when you have a bad back, your whole body feels [bad]," said Scutaro to Haft. "It's one of those things that's annoying, but you have to deal with it ... We're probably going to take it easy for the first week or so ... Get my body ready for 162 games."

Manager Bruce Bochy indicated the team intends to give Scutaro, who turned 38 in October, some more time off during the season. Joaquin Arias is likely to see the most time at second base as his replacement, though Tony Abreu and Ehire Adrianza could make the roster as well.

Scutaro suffered tendon damage in his left pinkie after being hit by a pitch last July and eventually needed surgery. He hit .297/.357/.369 (112 OPS+) with more walks (45) than strikeouts (34) last season overall but only managed a .266/.329/.301 batting line following the pinkie injury.

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