PHOENIX – Marco Scutaro underwent a diagnostic nerve block procedure on Tuesday – likely a final needle in the coffin in his bid to play on opening day.
Scutaro has played just two innings this spring in the Cactus League because of recurring back and hip discomfort that first began bothering him around the middle of the 2013 season. The Giants are going to update his status on Wednesday morning, likely by announcing a season-opening 15-day disabled list stint.
Joaquin Arias, a .272/.302/.367 career hitter in 327 major league games, is expected to fill in at second base in the early going for the Giants. Ehire Adrianza and Brandon Hicks are also options at the keystone.
Scutaro, 38, is entering the second year of a three-year, $20 million contract signed in December 2012.