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June 18, 2013
Giants, Padres lineups: Scutaro back, Perez earns another look

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants get the first of their walking wounded back tonight with Marco Scutaro in the lineup, mallet pinkie and all. Scutaro said yesterday he might be ready to test the finger tonight, though he's still unsure how it will respond to game action, such as if he has to dive for a ball or tag a runner. It's also the pinkie he drapes over the knob of the bat when he's hitting, leaving it open to reverberation.

"I think it's wait and see," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He feels pretty good, wants to go today, so we'll take a look at it, watch how he gets through batting practice.

"But it is a little bit different when you're at game speed, and we'll see how he handles it. Right now it's going to be really up to him how much he can tolerate and also if he can handle game speed with that not becoming a factor."

Scutaro is not one to talk himself out of a game, but Bochy said he thinks if the finger is bothering Scutaro he'll say something about it. Neither wants to risk re-aggravating the injury to the point where it knocks the Giants' leading hitter out for a more extended period of time.

"You still have to watch (him) yourself, trust your eyes," Bochy said. "Marco being Marco, sure, he's going to do all he can to get out there. I think he feels the club needs him. But at the same time we can't risk hurting himself even more."

Here's the full Giants lineup against hard-throwing Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner:

LF Blanco
2B Scutaro
C Posey
RF Pence
1B Belt
SS Crawford
3B Arias
CF Perez
P Cain

And the Padres' lineup against Cain:

2B Forsythe
CF Venable
3B Headley
1B Blanks
RF Kotsay
LF Denorfia
SS Amarista
C Hundley
P Cashner

* A couple other injury updates: Angel Pagan (hamstring) ran the bases before today's game, and Bochy said the Giants would determine based on how he comes out of that when Pagan might start a rehab assignment this week. "It's going to be this week," Bochy affirmed. "Just I don't know what day."

For Pablo Sandoval, Bochy said, the plan is for the third baseman to DH on Friday at Single-A San Jose.

* Note that Juan Perez is in the lineup in center field against the right-hander Cashner, rather than switch-hitting Andres Torres. Perez had a pair of infield singles last night, threw out a runner at third in the ninth to help send the game into extra innings and nearly won the game in the 12th on the play that became Padres center fielder Will Venable's highlight-reel catch on the warning track.

Bochy said there hasn't been any discussion yet about what the Giants might do with Perez once Pagan is able to come off the DL. But he's intrigued enough by Perez's play over the past week that he wants to see more from the rookie.

"He's a good athlete, he's playing good center field, so we'll try to give him a few at-bats here," Bochy said. "The more he gets, the more comfortable he's going to be. It's fair to say Andres, he's been struggling. So it's a good time to throw (Perez) out there and see what we have."

* The Giants are just 1 ½ games out of first place in the muddled N.L. West. But they do need to win tonight to avoid seeing their record fall to .500. It would be their first time at .500 since April 7, when they were 3-3.

-- Matt Kawahara

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Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
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