Marco Scutaro Injury: Updates on Giants 2B's Hip

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 15, 2012

Oct 15, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (left) reacts after colliding with St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (right) on a double play attempt during the first inning of game two of the 2012 NLCS at AT&T Park.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Marco Scutaro is reportedly getting X-rays on his left hip after being taken out of Game 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals, according to the San Francisco Giants' official Twitter account.

The Giants tweeted:

Marco Scutaro is getting X-rays on his left hip #SFGiants

— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) October 16, 2012

UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 11:55 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for the Giants as Marco Scutaro is in today's lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS, according to ESPN's Tim Kurkjian

Scutaro in the lineup

— Tim Kurkjian (@Kurkjian_ESPN) October 17, 2012

---END OF UPDATE---

UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 4:43 p.m. ET

Great news for Scutaro and the Giants, although his status for Game 3 is still up in the air. The Associated Press' Janie McCauley passed along the latest update.

Marco Scutaro traveled to St. Louis w/ #SFGiants late morning. Has left hip muscle strain. Status unclear for NLCS Game 3 Wed vs #Cardinals

— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) October 16, 2012

A strain is a far better diagnosis than some of the alternatives. Also, the fact they put him on the plane certainly indicates he is close to being able to play. 

 

UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 15 at 11:55 p.m. ET

The X-rays on Scutaro's left hip reportedly came out negative, but he's still "pretty sore" according to manager Bruce Bochy, via Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Schulman tweeted:

Scutaro X-rays negative.

— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) October 16, 2012

 

He added:

Scutaro "pretty sore," more tests tomorrow. Bochy said. Believes slide illegal.

— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) October 16, 2012

 

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Scutaro was taken out by a hard slide from Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday in the first inning on Monday, but stayed in the game long enough to deliver a big two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Giants are surely hoping Scutaro is okay to go moving forward. He's been a sensation for them ever since joining the team in a midseason trade. After hitting .271 with the Colorado Rockies before the trade, he batted .362 with 44 RBI and 40 runs in 61 games for San Francisco this season.

The 36-year-old veteran has been particularly important for the Giants because they had issues at second base before he took hold of the starting spot. His impact cannot be overstated, and it has resembled the impact Cody Ross made for the Giants when they won the World Series in 2010.

Ryan Theriot took over for Scutaro on Monday. The former Cardinal has hit .270 with 28 RBI and 45 runs scored for the Giants this season, going 0-for-2 against the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS.

As the Giants attempt to make it to the World Series for the second time in three years, they are crossing their fingers that Scutaro will be able to play through the injury and help them try to knock off the reigning champions.

 

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