Marco Scutaro will have a pin inserted in his damaged left pinky finger in a bid to keep it from being permanently bent.
But bent or straight the Giants’ veteran second baseman will keep his fingers crossed for a healthier season next year.
Scutaro said he will have the procedure on Friday and the pin will remain in his finger for roughly six weeks. He has “mallet finger” because of tendon damage stemming from a pitch that struck him in a June game at Pittsburgh.
Because he holds the pinky below the knob of the bat Scutaro thought he could play through the injury – just as he played through chronic back soreness all season. But he found that he had to alter the way he held the bat and that caused the ring finger on his left hand to flare up. He’s had MRI exams that showed inflammation and noted improvement just in a week of rest with minimally swinging the bat.
“Just imagine banging your finger 80 times a day” Scutaro said. “That’s how many swings you take plus the game.”