The San Francisco Giants just can't seem to catch a break right now—second baseman Marco Scutaro could join third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list soon with possible tendon damage to his finger.
UPDATE: Wednesday, June 12, at 4:05 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
Scutaro has been diagnosed with Mallet finger, which is a split tendon in his pinkie. He's expected to be out 6-8 weeks, according to CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly. However, Mercury News reporter Alex Pavlovic reports that the second baseman is going to try and play through the injury.
Scutaro has mallet finger - a damaged tendon. Splint would be 6-8 weeks. Giants will talk to Scutaro when he gets here, go over options.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) June 12, 2013
Scutaro telling teammates he's going to try to play through this. Pain will be gone after a couple days.— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) June 12, 2013
In a recent report, Braggarly says Scutaro was told the specialist he saw did not rule out playing once the pain and swelling subsides:
Scutaro was told that surgery was not required and the specialist did not rule out playing once the pain and swelling subsides in a couple days. But the usual treatment options – complete immobilization in a splint, or the insertion of a pin -- would not work if Scutaro tries to play.
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According to CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly, Scutaro injured his left pinkie when he was hit by a pitch on Tuesday night. He has since had X-rays on the finger, although they came back negative. While that's good news because it means the pinkie isn't broken—Scutaro now fears that damage has been done to the tendon.
Scutaro cannot straighten his pinkie, a sign that he could have ruptured a tendon, according to the Giants training staff via Baggarly's report.
Can the Giants win the NL West without Scutaro?
A timetable for Scutaro's return is difficult to peg at this point. As Baggarly points out in his article, the Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia ruptured his tendon last July and was able to play though the injury until October; however, the team won't know if that is the injury for sure until it can get an MRI done.
If Scutaro is forced out of the lineup, it will be a big blow to the Giants. The team is already without Pablo Sandoval, who was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, according to CSN Bay Area. The team is also without Angel Pagan, who was placed on the 15-day DL on May 28.
Scutaro is hitting .332 with two home runs and 15 RBI this season. He was replaced in the lineup by Tony Abreu, who has just five at-bats all season with one hit.
With the Giants just 2.5 games out of first place in the NL West, this is certainly not the time to have to deal with injuries.
Be sure to check back here for more updates on Scutaro's status as they become available.