San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro is over the finger injury that hampered him last season, but he said he’s going to take it easy and sit out some drills to take care of his tender back.
Scutaro told MLB.com Tuesday that his back, which bothered him at times last season, isn’t where he’d like it to be.
“It seems like when you have a bad back, your whole body feels [bad].” Scutaro said. “It’s one of those things that’s annoying, but you have to deal with it.”
The 38-year-old hit .297/.357/.369 in 127 games and 547 plate appearances last year, scoring 57 runs with 23 doubles, three triples, two homers and 31 RBI.
That came after a remarkable stretch run in 2012 after he came over in a July trade from Colorado to hit .362/.385/.473 in August and September, with 40 runs, 16 homers, a triple, three home runs and 44 RBI in just 61 games.
Scutaro was also named MVP of the Giants’ NLCS triumph over St. Louis that October, going 14-for-28 with six runs, three doubles and four RBI.
It’s unlikely Scutaro will play a lot in the Cactus League and manager Bruce Bochy said Scutaro would be getting periodic breaks in 2014.
It seems a wise precaution for a 38-year-old with a bad back, particularly one who played such a vital role for the championship club two seasons ago.