For the second time this spring, Marco Scutaro's debut has been delayed due to a back problem. He was expected to play this weekend but will instead be pushed back at least a week, according to Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area.
“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 Giants manager Bruce Bochy to Baggarly.
Scutaro, 38, has been brought along slowly in camp due to a chronic back problem. He took ground balls for the first time earlier this week and hit against soft toss pitching on Friday. Bochy said his second baseman is "still a few days away" from regular batting practice.
Finger, hip and back problems hampered Scutaro all of last season, though he still played in 127 games. He hit .297/.357/.369 (112 OPS+) with more walks (45) than strikeouts (34) in his first full season with San Francisco. Scutaro hit .362/.385/.473 (144 OPS+) in 61 games with the team after being acquired at the 2012 trade deadline.
Internal second base alternatives include Tony Abreu, Brandon Hicks, Nick Noonan and Ehire Adrianza. It seems unlikely the Giants would spent the money or forfeit their first round pick to sign Stephen Drew, who has indicated a willingness to play positions other than short. A trade is always possible as well.