When Marco Scutaro and his teammates described the way his fractured finger looked, they all said it looked like a snake. That's never a good sign. The severity of the injury was revealed yesterday when the San Francisco Giants confirmed Scutaro has tendon damage. He's been diagnosed with mallet finger. Recovery from such an injury could take 6-8 weeks, but the Giants have not yet placed Scutaro on the DL.
Scutaro has mallet finger - a damaged tendon. Splint would be 6-8 weeks. Giants will talk to Scutaro when he gets here, go over options.
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) June 12, 2013
The Giants are holding out hope that Scutaro could play through the injury. It's not clear what that means for his finger, though. If Scutaro were to play through the tendon damage, would it lead to further damage? Would it lead to permanency? These are just a few of the questions Scutaro and the Giants are surely asking doctors.
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Scutaro was injured when he was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The game became something of a beanball war, but nothing like what happened in the Diamondbacks and Dodgers game Tuesday. It was immediately clear that the injury to Scutaro's finger would prevent him from staying in the game and could cost him some time on the DL.
The Giants have been struggling overall lately, so a player like Scutaro landing on the DL could hurt. Scutaro is hitting .332/.388/.444 this season. There was a very good chance of Scutaro making the All-Star team this season - and he still could if he continues to play. However, if the injury causes a significant decrease in Scutaro's production, it may make more sense for the Giants to let him heal up completely before sending him out again.
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