Giants designate Marco Scutaro for assignment with his career in jeopardy

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San Francisco has designated Marco Scutaro for assignment one month after general manager Brian Sabean admitted that the 39-year-old infielder’s career is in jeopardy following surgery to fuse vertebrae in his lower back.

Scutaro missed all but 13 games last season and the recovery timetable for his surgery is expected to be 4-6 months. He’s owed $6 million in 2015 as part of a three-year, $20 million contract signed in the wake of his winning MVP of the NLCS for the Giants in 2012.

It’s all but guaranteed that no other team will claim Scutaro and his contract off waivers, which would enable the Giants to potentially retain him without taking up a spot on the 40-man roster.