SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The setbacks that limited Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro to 127 games last year have done nothing to tarnish the optimism and gusto he brings to the game.
Scutaro arrived at San Francisco's spring training headquarters Tuesday and announced he intends to play a full season.
“I want to get to the point where I do all the stuff every day and be ready for the next day,” Scutaro said. “I want to be ready for 162 games.”
A bad back and occasional neck trouble plagued him the entire 2013 season and a mangled left pinkie eventually shortened his season. His little finger still doesn't look right — with bends in the wrong places — but he can hold a bat comfortably.
His back feels better now than it did at this time last year though he and the Giants intend to take things slowly this spring.
“I don't want to put a number on it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We'll go by where he's at and how he feels.”
Scutaro returned to the lineup a week after getting hit by a pitch by Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Tony Watson last June 11 and adjusted his grip, which led to further problems with his ring finger.
“I had more problems with my ring finger because I wasn't using the pinkie,” Scutaro said. “It got more messed up but it's good now.”
He had a pin inserted into his finger in September to help keep it straight after surgery that repaired tendon damage.
Scutaro addressed his back issues during the offseason, working to make his core stronger. He will continue his routine through camp.
“The first couple of weeks we'll be focusing on getting my back stronger,” Scutaro said. “It was really hard to figure out. I'd go to sleep feeling good and wake up and my back was tight. It was annoying.”