Marco Scutaro might be done for the year

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Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com has a Marco Scutaro update:

Scutaro had an MRI exam on his injured left pinkie finger, which sustained tendon damage when he was hit by a pitch June 11 in Pittsburgh. The finger began bothering Scutaro again over the weekend in Los Angeles; he exited Sunday’s game after two innings and isn’t in the lineup for Tuesday’s series opener against the Mets at Citi Field.

Scutaro, 37, wants to keep playing. He did his normal pregame work, played catch and hit in the cage Tuesday. But Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged it might be time to tell the veteran second baseman to begin resting up for next year.

The MRI results are not yet available, but Scutaro was already diagnosed in June with potentially-permanent tendon damage in his pinkie and the Giants only have 11 games remaining on their regular-season schedule.

Scutaro has a .729 OPS in 127 games this summer after signing a three-year, $20 million offseason deal.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.

Braves release James Loney

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Just a few days after inking him to a minor league deal, the Braves have released first baseman James Loney, the team announced on Monday. Loney became expendable when the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the Cardinals on Saturday as a replacement for the injured Freddie Freeman.

Loney, 33, appeared in two games at Triple-A Gwinnett. He had one hit, a single, and one walk in eight plate appearances.

Loney will likely have to wait for another team to deal with an injured first baseman or DH before he can secure another contract.